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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886974220121
  • Catalog Number: 742201
  • Sales rank: 152,754

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 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 - James Galway & Antonio Vivaldi (3:41)
  2. 2 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Marisa Robles (9:24)
  3. 3 Tambourin, for flute & orchestra - François-Joseph Gossec & James Galway (1:24)
  4. 4 Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033: 2. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & James Galway (2:11)
  5. 5 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - James Galway & Sergey Rachmaninov (4:18)
  6. 6 The Pink Panther, film score: Theme - James Galway & Henry Mancini (3:18)
  7. 7 Skylark - Hoagy Carmichael & John Dankworth (3:28)
  8. 8 Carnival of Venice for flute & orchestra Op. 77 - James Galway & Giulio Briccialdi (6:36)
  9. 9 Basque - James Galway & Elton John (3:51)
  10. 10 Danny Boy - Frederick Edward Weatherly & James Galway (3:23)
  11. 11 The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan) - James Galway & Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1:12)
  12. 12 Andante and Rondo for flute, violin & piano, Op. 25: 2. Allegretto con moto - Albert Franz Doppler & James Galway (4:57)
  13. 13 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86 - Claude Debussy & James Galway (9:34)
  14. 14 Sonata for flute (or violin) & piano in D major, Op. 94: 2. Allegro - James Galway & Sergey Prokofiev (5:00)
  15. 15 Ashokan Farewell - James Galway & Jay Ungar (3:59)
  16. 16 Suite for flute & jazz piano trio No.1: 1. Fugace - James Galway & Claude Bolling (4:22)
  17. 17 Song of the Seashore, for Japanese folk ensemble - Tamezo Narita & James Galway (2:56)
  18. 18 Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 7. Badinerie - Johann Sebastian Bach & James Galway (1:19)
  19. 19 La vie en rose, song - James Galway & Edith Piaf (2:36)
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James Galway Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I love James Galway

    This is a wonderful selection of Sir James's work. It includes a variety of music styles from classical to contemporary, but it is not overwhelming to the point of being boring. Any fan of James Galway, or of flute music should be thrilled with this product.

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