Magazine article Gramophone

'Transformation'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Transformation'

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'Transformation'

Beethoven Violin Sonata No 5, 'Spring'. Op 24 Ravel Letombeau de Couperin Schumann Dichterliebe, Op 48 (a) (a) Brett Polegato bar The Gallery Players of Niagara Gallery Players of Niagara (F) GPN14002 (71' * DDD)

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Musicians not originally cast in a masterpiece often ache to play that work, which is where transcribers come in. The art of transferring a score to another instrumental or vocal context is the impetus behind 'Transformation', a disc featuring The Gallery Players of Niagara performing beloved works by Beethoven, Ravel and Schumann painted in new colours. Such practices can make you pine for the original, but not here: the arrangements are so true to the sources, while providing fresh perspectives, that they seize attention.

Patrick Jordan's adaptation of Beethoven's Spring Sonata retains the violin but gives many of the solo lines to flute, with viola and cello playing much of the piano's original material. …

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