James Galway

60 Years, 60 Flute Masterpieces: Highlights from the Collection

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Prior to launching an international solo career, Belfast-born James Galway was the principal flutist for Herbert Von Karajan's Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Karajan was lucky to have such a stellar performer in the orchestra's first flute chair, while Galway sharpened his craft under the demanding maestro's baton. After leaving the orchestra in 1975, Galway has enjoyed a glorious solo career that's been well documented by a series of best-selling recordings on the RCA Victor label. This recording highlights the best of his RCA solo recordings.

Galway is a master of any style and this recording presents repertoire spanning nearly three centuries; from the Baroque exuberance of Vivaldi and Bach to the harmonic daring of Debussy and glossy splendor of Khachaturian. Most appealing are Galway's chamber music performances, collaborating with such luminary artists as Martha Argerich, Marisa Robles and the Tokyo String Quartet.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
1 1:20
2 1:23
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269
3 3:40
Sonata for flute in A minor, H. 562, Wq. 132
4 2:44
Concerto No. 2 in D minor for flute & orchestra, Op. 31
5 5:26
Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c)
Quartet for flute, violin, viola & cello No. 4 in A major, K. 298
Grand Duo Concertante, for flute (or violin) & guitar in A major, Op. 85
8 3:09
9 6:39
Sonata for flute & piano in A major (arr. from "Sonata for violin & piano")
10 6:03
La Flûte de Pan, for flute & piano, Op. 15
11 3:55
12 2:21
Flute Concerto (authorized transcription by J.P. Rampal of the Violin Concerto)
13 9:35
Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra
14 4:36
Shanties (3), for wind quintet, Op. 4
15 2:43
Concerto for flute & orchestra, Op. 39
16 5:08
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