James Galway

The Very Best of James Galway

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The Very Best of James Galway Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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 James Galway 05:12 Amazon
Gayane Suite, for orchestra No. 3
2 James Galway 02:30 Amazon
3 James Galway 07:25 SpotifyAmazon
4 James Galway 02:56 Amazon
5 James Galway 04:09 Amazon
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
6 James Galway 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56
7 James Galway 02:56 Amazon
8 James Galway 06:39 Amazon
9 James Galway 04:19 Amazon
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314 (K. 285d)
10 James Galway 05:46 Amazon
Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031
11 James Galway 02:14 Amazon
Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30
12 James Galway 07:59 Amazon
Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46
13 James Galway 04:05 Amazon
The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Skazka o Tsare Saltane), opera in 4 acts with a prologue
14 James Galway 01:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 James Galway 04:50 SpotifyAmazon
2 James Galway 02:22
3 James Galway 03:25
4 James Galway 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
5 James Galway 05:57 Amazon
6 James Galway 04:18 SpotifyAmazon
7 James Galway 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
8 James Galway 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
Memory, song (for the musical Cats)
9 James Galway 03:32
10 James Galway 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
11 James Galway 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
12 James Galway 03:39
13 James Galway 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
14 James Galway 04:07
15 James Galway 04:36
16 James Galway 03:20
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