Celebrating 70: A Collection of Personal Favorites

Celebrating 70: A Collection of Personal Favorites

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by James Galway
     
 

Whether or not the 19 selections recorded here offer the "favorite recordings" of Irish flutist James Galway -- there is no indication of his involvement beyond the cover matter -- this compilation comes close to the mark in delivering what it promises. The notes are not by Galway, but they identify his strengths, and the program reflects them: Galway has a knack for… See more details below

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Whether or not the 19 selections recorded here offer the "favorite recordings" of Irish flutist James Galway -- there is no indication of his involvement beyond the cover matter -- this compilation comes close to the mark in delivering what it promises. The notes are not by Galway, but they identify his strengths, and the program reflects them: Galway has a knack for going for the audience-appeal jugular in whatever he plays. In themed albums where he tries to extract the maximum in sentimentality this can be annoying, but in his live appearances, as shown by his decades as a top box-office draw, he can find a common denominator in quite a variety of music. This disc, though not live, offers the same kind of variety, as Galwaymoves from Baroque selections, to the Pink Panther theme, to Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov, back to the contemporary American folk hit "Ashokan Farewell," to a variety of pop songs, all without conceding that he's crossing any stylistic boundaries. Along the way are some genuinely inventive treatments showing that Galway's skill as an arranger is an underrated aspect of his art, and enough arresting miniatures to keep just about anybody happy, even hardened cynics. Try, for instance, the reading of Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" with vocalist Cleo Laine, taking the vocal line straightforwardly as Galway executes a more or less constant stream of consciousness alongside her. There are just a few weak points; Galway opens with a plodding Vivaldi "Four Seasons" movement of the kind that has fallen out of fashion. The most recent track comes from Galway's improbably successful 2008 recording of Latin American jazz, but most of the music dates from his true heyday in the late '70s and 1980s. It's a good pick for a Galway introduction, and it may remind even confirmed Galway fans of a few old favorites.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886974220121
catalogNumber:
742201
Rank:
49818

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: 1. Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  - James Galway  - James Galway  - James Galway  - Roxanne Slimak  -  Solisti di Zagreb
  2. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Marisa Robles  - James Galway  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Roxanne Slimak
  3. Tambourin, for flute & orchestra  - François-Joseph Gossec  - James Galway  - Charles Gerhardt  - Charles Gerhardt  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak
  4. Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033: 2. Allegro  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - James Galway  - Sarah Cunningham  - Phillip Moll  - Roxanne Slimak
  5. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - James Galway  - Charles Gerhardt  - Charles Gerhardt  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak
  6. The Pink Panther, film score: Theme  - James Galway  - Henry Mancini  - Henry Mancini  - Henry Mancini  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak
  7. Skylark  - Hoagy Carmichael  - John Dankworth  - James Galway  - Cleo Laine  - Charles Gerhardt  - Roxanne Slimak
  8. Carnival of Venice for flute & orchestra Op. 77  - Giulio Briccialdi  - James Galway  - James Galway  - Charles Gerhardt  - Charles Gerhardt  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak
  9. Basque  - Elton John  - James Galway  - William David Brohn  - Roxanne Slimak  - Vincent Fanuele  -  Galway Pops Orchestra
  10. Danny Boy  - Frederick Edward Weatherly  - James Galway  - James Galway  -  Chieftains  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Paddy Moloney
  11. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - James Galway  - Charles Gerhardt  - Charles Gerhardt  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak
  12. Andante and Rondo for flute, violin & piano, Op. 25: 2. Allegretto con moto  - Albert Franz Doppler  - James Galway  - Jeanne Galway  - Phillip Moll  - Roxanne Slimak
  13. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86  - Claude Debussy  - James Galway  - James Galway  - Christopher O'Riley  - Roxanne Slimak
  14. Sonata for flute (or violin) & piano in D major, Op. 94: 2. Allegro  - Sergey Prokofiev  - James Galway  - Martha Argerich  - Roxanne Slimak
  15. Ashokan Farewell  - Jay Ungar  - James Galway  - Roxanne Slimak  - Phil Coulter  - Phil Coulter  - Frank Gallagher  - Frank Gallagher  -  David Bryant  -  David Bryant  -  David Cooke  - David Downes  - David Downes  - Brendan Monaghan  - Geraint Roberts
  16. Suite for flute & jazz piano trio No.1: 1. Fugace  - Claude Bolling  - James Galway  - Roxanne Slimak  - Jorge Gomez  - Jorge Gomez  - Tebelio Fonte  -  Leandro González  - Hilario Bell
  17. Song of the Seashore, for Japanese folk ensemble  - Tamezo Narita  - James Galway  - Hiroyuki Iwaki  - Ayako Shinozaki  - Roxanne Slimak  -  Tokyo String Orchestra  - Susumu Miyashita
  18. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 7. Badinerie  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - James Galway  -  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra  - Jörg Faerber  - Roxanne Slimak
  19. La vie en rose, song  - Edith Piaf  - James Galway  - William David Brohn  - William David Brohn  - Roxanne Slimak  - Vincent Fanuele  -  Galway Pops Orchestra

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