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James Galway Plays The Music Of Sir Malcolm Arnold


Release Date: 12/16/2009 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68860   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  James GalwayRachel GoughPhilip EastopAntony Pay,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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In this expert, sweet-toned and affectionate music-making, Galway and friends audibly enjoy themselves hugely, responding to Arnold's idiomatic and resourceful writing as to the manner born.

In this expert, sweet-toned and affectionate music-making, these fine artists audibly enjoy themselves hugely, responding to Arnold's idiomatic and resourceful writing as to the manner born. I especially enjoyed Galway and friends in the sparkling early Three Shanties for wind quintet (written in 1943 for the composer's LPO colleagues) and the delicious Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet (1953). Cast in six pithy movements (and masterfully played here), the latter piece contains invention of great freshness and charm, with
Read more definite echoes of the English Dances from the same period.

In the wistful central Andante of the First Flute Concerto (1954), Sir Neville Marriner and his beautifully prepared Academy strings provide a poignant backdrop to Galway's ravishing playing, and this music's kinship with the great slow movement of Arnold's Second Symphony (completed the previous year) is most perceptively brought out. In fact, the performances of both concertos strike me as probably the best we've had since dedicatee Richard Adeney's admirable 1979 versions (now restored on an well-filled Eminence release devoted to six of Arnold's wind and brass concertos). Galway himself was, of course, the lucky recipient of the Flute Sonata (whose première he gave at the 1977 Cardiff Festival), and he and Philip Mull do full justice to this work's entrancing mix of lyricism (the lilting Andantino centrepiece boasts a particularly indelible main idea) and exhilarating virtuosity.

Recording quality is nicely integrated, too, with Galway never overprominently balanced, though Moll's piano can sound just a touch rough in its lowest reaches. A delightful anthology all the same.

-- Gramophone [4/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute no 2, Op. 111 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio 1, Lodnon, England 
2.
Shanties (3) for Wind Quintet, Op. 4 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  Rachel Gough (Bassoon), Philip Eastop (French Horn), Antony Pay (Clarinet),
Gareth Hulse (Oboe), James Galway (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Whitfield Studios, London, England 
3.
Sonatina for Flute and Piano, Op. 19 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  James Galway (Flute), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Whitfield Studios, London, England 
4.
Concerto for Flute no 1, Op. 45 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Date of Recording: 09/16/1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio 1, London, England 
5.
Fantasy for Flute solo, Op. 89 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Whitfield Studios, London, England 
6.
Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 37 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  James Galway (Flute), Gareth Hulse (Oboe), Antony Pay (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Whitfield Studios, London, England 
7.
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 121 by Malcolm Arnold
Performer:  James Galway (Flute), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Whitfield Studios, London, England 

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