Daniel | Chile | 03/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must recording for all bach's and flute lovers. Galway shows a technical skill that makes this interpretation even better of Rampal, Nicolet or Larrieu, with a precise timing and phrasing. The excesive sound processing and non very Barroque interpretation can be a weak point for the most classical and ortodox audience, who probably prefer Aurèl Nicolet. Anyway, this is the spatial sound i like!."
G. Sawaged | Canada | 03/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Irishman, James Galway, is the 'most oustanding flautist of his generation', as is stated in the liner notes. This is Chamber music at its best. I am no expert when it comes to Classical music, but I do know what I like, and I also know good music when I hear it. This is an album that is easily accessible to people who, like myself, are just begginning to discover the wonders of this type of music. You most certainly do not need to be a Classical afficionado to appreciate the beauty of this album. It is my first introduction to James Galway, but certainly not my last."
Sebastian Winston | San Diego, CA | 06/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Galway is obviously one of the greatest flutists of this or any generation. Having said that, I must say that I find this recording only mediocre. The first problem that any modern flutist must deal with in these pieces is one of historical accuracy. OK, so the instrument he plays was not even invented until the early 19th century but nonetheless, the approach should at least tip its hat to the voluminous research of the last fifty years. Galway just blasts on through with the way that he thinks it should go, historical accuracy be damned. Second, he seems strangely disembodied from his playing on this disc. I am left wondering if he wouldn't just prefer to be playing something flashier than J.S. Bach. If you want a modern version, get your hands on Julius Baker's. For a more historically informed performance, try Janet See's excellent two disc set."