He’s been called a pied piper and a pop musician par excellence. Yet Ireland’s James Galway, the world’s favorite flutist, insists that he is first and foremost a serious musician. He won many scholarships before becoming the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal flutist in 1969.
He went solo in 1975 and was instantly successful as a live performer and a recording artist. In 1978, his version of John Denver’s Annie’s Song became an international hit alongside traditional recordings of Mozart and Vivaldi. His unique tone has subsequently sold millions of recordings and has won him many awards.
James Galway is featured in this 90-minute recital from the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, and in conversation with Melvyn Bragg on LWT’s South Bank Show in which he talks candidly about his childhood, his teachers, his time at the Berlin Philharmonic and his solo career.
La Flûte de Pan Mouquet
Andante et Rondo Doppler
Jeanne’s Song Overton
Il Pastore Svizzero Morlacchi
Danny Boy Traditional
The Flight of the Bumble-bee Rimsky-Korsakov
"This two-part DVD represents marvelous value for money.
The 90-minute concert alone is worth the price of this disc. For those who have never seen Galway live in concert, the reasons behind his extraordinary rise to fame in the late nineteen seventies will soon become apparent. With little fuss and a disdain for platform antics or time-wasting talking to the audience, James Galway grabs attention from his very first note. His sheer commitment to giving the finest possible performances creates a tangible atmosphere and a true sense of occasion.
The camera work is excellent…" - Simon Foster, Music Web International
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