The French Recital / James Galway, Christopher O'Riley

Release Date: 2/26/2008
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: RCA68351
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Galway’s silvery timbre is well suited to Faure. He does not miss the sonata’s simplicity of line and he makes his own special colouring tell in the soaring Andante, while the scherzo is deliciously vivacious, although here the resonant recording refuses completely to separate flute and piano. Fortunately Galway is sympathetically partnered by Christopher O’Riley and they are very well balanced. Both play the tripping theme of the finale with an engaging insouciance.

The surprise in the programme is the Widor Suite, a wonderful quiz item – for who would guess that this was by the composer of the famous organ Toccata? The delightful, flowing opening movement has much in common with the Faure (although it was written 23 years earlier), and the lively Scherzo is most engaging. Then comes a beautiful, slightly sentimental (and very French) “Romance” with a swirling cadenza before the winning reprise. The finale sets off gaily, then produces yet another pleasing lyrical idea, before giving the soloist plenty of opportunity for bravura roulades in its scintillating closing section. Most enjoyable and a real find."

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [8/1996]
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: James Galway (Flute), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; France
2. Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34 by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer: James Galway (Flute), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; France
3. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer: James Galway (Flute), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1892-1894 ; France
4. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer: James Galway (Flute), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; France
5. Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer: James Galway (Flute), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909-1910 ; France
6. Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 1, En bateau by Claude Debussy
Performer: James Galway (Flute), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1886-1889 ; France
7. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer: James Galway (Flute), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1892-1894 ; France
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