Stephen A. Haines | Ottawa, Ontario Canada | 02/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's unfair, i suppose, to rank one person's performance against another's, but having acquired this CD and Rampal's equivalent and nearly the same time makes it unavoidable. Galway is a wonderful flautist, but, as with some orchestra conductors, some genres are fit into better than others. When Galway plays Irish music, he's unexcelled. If he plays European classical, he's among the top performers. Here, in a Japanese environment, he seems a bit lost. Perhaps the mists slipping through the forested mountains of Japan have a quality unmatched by the oceanic fogs of Galway or Normandy. Something is lacking in these performances, a quality that Galway seems to be seeking without quite achieving it. Perhaps those who've never heard the Rampal Sakura are justified in their praise of this CD, but my ears can't grant the full five stars for this. If you have the opportunity to make the comparison, do so, and judge for yourself."
A posie placed on a political border
hirofantv | tomorrow | 05/18/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I don't DISLIKE this cd, but really it is a poor interpretation of Japanese flute music. It sounds more like an uninspired Enya clone than traditional Japanese music. No matter how many times I listened to it, it never could really interest me enough to be more of my life than another cd in my scrapped CD's pile."
Daniel G. Berk | 05/28/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Smarmy new-age mush, noodly and squishy. It's too bad they used the synth--without that it might have been worth listening to. As is, it only seems useful as elevator music. Check out Rampal's exquisite, crisp, clean interpretations of Japanese flute music instead."
Lovely All-Occasion Music
Kari | Tacoma, WA | 11/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered this at the library and, after about a dozen or so check-outs and renewals, finally bought my own copy. I listen to it while reading, when I have dinner guests, and as background music at the office. All ages will enjoy Galway's lyrical Japanese arrangements."
Galway and Japanese Melodies, a Sumptuous Pair
Daniel G. Berk | West Bloomfield, Michigan | 08/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At first blush, this would appear to be an odd combination, an Irish flautist, Japanese melodies, and a synthesizer; but boy does it work well! It rates a 10 on the scale of beautiful music and performance. There is a quiet calmness to Galway's renditions that should be able to soothe the most frayed of nerve endings."