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Ich War Ein Berliner / James Galway, Berlin PO


Release Date: 02/14/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4776077   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegGeorges BizetJohann Sebastian BachGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  James GalwayLothar KochGerd SeifertKarl Leister,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanKarl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Winds
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These recordings from 1970 through 1974 represent the cream of the crop of James Galway's recordings as the principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic, and for what it is, it can't be beat. Although Galway's tone of molten gold and technique of tensile steel is evident on every track from his warmly romantic Morning Mood from Grieg's Peer Gynt through his warmly lyric Concertante Andante grazioso from Mozart's "Posthorn" Serenade to his warmly erotic Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome, only fans will instantly pick out his playing from the uniformly voluptuous sonorities of the Berlin Philharmonic at the height of Herbert von Karajan's power. Certainly, Galway is lovely in the Concertante, but who would say he is lovelier than Read more clarinetist* Lothar Koch? Surely Galway is affecting in the Domine Deus from Bach's B minor Mass, but who would say he is more affecting than soprano Gundula Janowitz or tenor Peter Schreier? And in the four movements excerpted from two of Reicha's Wind Quintets, Galway is only one of five fabulous players and no better than those he's with, which is, of course, the highest possible praise; these are all first desk players with the most virtuosic orchestra in the world. Perhaps only fans of the Irish flutist will seek out these performances, but they will no doubt be fully satisfied by what they hear. DG's early-'70s stereo sound is as good as stereo recordings can get, that is to say, absolutely transparent.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide

* oboist (ed.) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 1, Prelude "Morning" by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
2.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 4th movement, Carillon by Georges Bizet
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
3.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 1st movement, Pastorale by Georges Bizet
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975)
'L'arlésienne: Suite no 2' was written by Ernest Guiraud c. 1879 after
Bizet's incidental music to 'L'arlésienne.' 
4.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 3rd movement, Minuet by Georges Bizet
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975)
'L'arlésienne: Suite no 2' was written by Ernest Guiraud c. 1879 after
Bizet's incidental music to 'L'arlésienne.' 
5.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Dominus Deus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975)
Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1747 - 1749). 
6.
Aida: Dance of the Priestesses by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
7.
Aida: Dance of the Moorish Slaves by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
8.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
9.
Quintets (3) for Winds, Op. 56: no 1 in B flat major - 1st movement, Allegretto by Franz Danzi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Winds
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820-1824; Karlsruhe, Germany 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
10.
Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 1 in C major - 3rd movement, Menuetto by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Lothar Koch (Oboe), Gerd Seifert (French Horn), Karl Leister (Clarinet),
Günter Piesk (Bassoon), James Galway (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975)
Composition written: France (?1817 - ?1819). 
11.
Quintets (6) for Winds, Op. 91: no 1 in C major - 4th movement, Rondo by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Lothar Koch (Oboe), Gerd Seifert (French Horn), Günter Piesk (Bassoon),
Karl Leister (Clarinet), James Galway (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975)
Composition written: France (?1817 - ?1819). 
12.
Serenade no 9 in D major, K 320 "Posthorn": 3rd movement, Andante grazioso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  James Galway (Flute), Lothar Koch (Oboe)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
13.
Serenade no 9 in D major, K 320 "Posthorn": 4th movement, Rondeau by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lothar Koch (Oboe), James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975) 
14.
Quintets (3) for Winds, Op. 56: no 1 in B flat major - 4th movement, Allegro by Franz Danzi
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Winds
Period: Classical 
Written: Karlsruhe, Germany 
Venue:  Berlin, West Germany 
Notes: Berlin, West Germany (1969 - 1975)
Composition written: Karlsruhe, Germany (1820 - 1824). 

Sound Samples

Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 1. Morning Mood
L'Arlésienne Suite No.1: Carillon
L'Arlésienne Suite No.2: Pastorale
L'Arlésienne Suite No.2: Menuet
Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria: Domine Deus
Wind Quintet in B flat major, Op.56, No.1: 1. Allegretto
Wind Quintet in B flat major, Op.56, No.1: 4. Allegro
Quintet in C major op.91, No.1 for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Fagott: Menuetto. Allegro
Quintet in C major op.91, No.1 for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Fagott: Rondo. Finale - Allegro
Serenade in D, K.320 "Posthorn": 3. Concertante (Andante grazioso)
Serenade in D, K.320 "Posthorn": 4. Rondeau (Allegro ma non troppo)
Aida: Sacred Dance of the Priestesses
Aida: Dance of the Young Moorish Slaves
Salome, Op.54 / Scene 4: Salome's Dance Of The Seven Veils

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Bland & uninspiring September 8, 2013 By P. Ledesma (Wellington, KS) See All My Reviews "As a lover of Galway and the BPO over the years, I was excited about this recording...until I actually played it. No excitement or emotional exuberance came across in these performances, and too often the balance problems were a bit annoying. I have some mono remastering projects that deliver better sound, and the musicians on these tracks seemed to be just going through the motions. That was not what I had expected from musicians of this caliber, so I suspect the remix crew is at fault. In any case, I rate this a middle of the road offering, though I probably won't play this one again." Report Abuse
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