James Galway

The Very Best of James Galway

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RCA Victor's 2002 The Very Best of James Galway is a comprehensive overview of James Galway's prolific career, touching not only on his easy listening pop crossover tunes, but his classical pieces. In fact, it does something very clever: it devotes a disc, a full half of the collection, to his classical works, with the second disc to his smooth, lovely covers of pop hits. This way, the full scope of Galway's talents are showcased on one compilation, but they're also kept separated, so you can hear one side or the other, depending on mood. Some may find a certain favorite or two missing, but overall, this is an excellent summation of Galway's RCA recordings, which did find him at a peak.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 5:12 Amazon
Gayane Suite, for orchestra No. 3
2 2:30 Amazon
7:25 SpotifyAmazon
2:56 Amazon
5 4:09 Amazon
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
6 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56
2:56 Amazon
6:39 Amazon
9 4:19 Amazon
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314 (K. 285d)
10 5:46 Amazon
Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031
11 2:14 Amazon
Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30
12 7:59 Amazon
Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46
13 4:05 Amazon
The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Skazka o Tsare Saltane), opera in 4 acts with a prologue
14 1:10 Amazon
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