Old Souls

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Old Souls presents masterworks of Beethoven, Dvorák, Wolf and Kreisler in new arrangements for flute and strings, played by a group of outstanding young musicians....

Old Souls presents masterworks of Beethoven, Dvorák, Wolf and Kreisler in new arrangements for flute and strings, played by a group of outstanding young musicians. Guy Braunstein’s arrangements display these well-known pieces in a fresh new light, while simultaneously expanding the flute repertoire and showcasing the exceptional possibilities of the instrument, here played by Gili Schwarzman. Braunstein and Schwarzman are joined by violinist Susanna Yoko Henkel, violist Amihai Grosz and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. While the arrangement of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 23 entails a thorough recomposition of the original, the performances of Dvorák’s “American” String Quartet, Wolf’s “Italian” Serenade and Kreisler’s Syncopation stay closer to the source, with the flute taking up the role originally played by the first violin. The use of the flute creates novel sonic sensations through the way it blends with the strings, and at times gives the pieces a sparkle they did not have before. Guy Braunstein expands his PENTATONE discography, after having already released Tchaikovsky Treasures in 2019. Alisa Weilerstein presented Transfigured Night in 2018 as the first fruit of her exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE.

REVIEW:

The first composition on the disc, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.4, is a masterful orchestration for flute and string quartet. Braunstein did not merely assign the notes of the piano part, according to their pitch, to the corresponding instruments, but rewrote it for string quartet. One could be forgiven for assuming that it was an original composition by Beethoven himself.

The performances are energetic and nuanced, models of musical artistry. My favourite moment in the entire CD is the second movement of Dvo?ák’s String Quartet Op.96, which sounds absolutely natural played on the flute. The long, languorous melodic line, as played by Schwarzman, is never rushed and at the same time, never loses energy.

– The Whole Note (CA)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 27, 2019


  • UPC: 827949081569


  • Catalog Number: PTC5186815


  • Label: Pentatone


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Hugo Wolf, Fritz Kreisler, Antonín Dvořák


  • Performer: Gili Schwarzman, Guy Braunstein, Susanna Yoko Henkel, Amihai Grosz, Alisa Weilerstein



Works:


  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Gili Schwarzman (Flute), Guy Braunstein (Violin), Susanna Yoko Henkel (Violin), Amihai Grosz (Viola), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)


  2. Serenade in G Major, "Italian Srenade"

    Composer: Hugo Wolf

    Performer: Gili Schwarzman (Flute), Guy Braunstein (Violin), Amihai Grosz (Viola), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)


  3. Syncopation

    Composer: Fritz Kreisler

    Performer: Gili Schwarzman (Flute), Guy Braunstein (Violin), Amihai Grosz (Viola), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)


  4. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179, "American"

    Composer: Antonín Dvořák

    Performer: Gili Schwarzman (Flute), Guy Braunstein (Violin), Amihai Grosz (Viola), Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)