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James Galway ~ Flute Sonatas - Franck · Prokofiev · Reinecke / with M. Argerich · P. Moll
Cesar Franck, Sergey Prokofiev, Carl Reinecke
James Galway ~ Flute Sonatas - Franck ˇ Prokofiev ˇ Reinecke / with M. Argerich ˇ P. Moll
Genre: Classical
 
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César Franck's ever-popular Violin Sonata exists in many different versions, including one for cello and this one for flute. None of these arrangements seems to stem from the composer himself, but that doesn't matter, sinc...  more »

      
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César Franck's ever-popular Violin Sonata exists in many different versions, including one for cello and this one for flute. None of these arrangements seems to stem from the composer himself, but that doesn't matter, since the music holds up very well regardless of the instrumental vehicle. What makes this disc so spectacular--Galway's bright, immaculate performances aside--is the presence of Martha Argerich, arguably the world's greatest living pianist and something of a specialist in this very sonata as well as in the music of Prokofiev. With the Reinecke sonata thrown in as a bonus, the result is a great chamber-music recording all-around and not just another flute disc. --David Hurwitz
 

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Don't be fooled by Gaudy Galway: This CD isn't bad.
08/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Franck and Prokofiev sonatas were originally released back in 1975 (RCA LRL1-5095). It had a great picture of Galway and Argerich sharing the jacket equally. Given the difficulty of the piano part (to say nothing of the more attractive countenance of Argerich), this was most fitting. And so I am very disappointed that it was replaced by a gaudy picture of James sporting his golden flute. Granted, this release also includes Reinecke's Undine Sonata, with Phillip Moll at the keyboard. In any case, this CD is worth getting, especially on account of the Franck and Prokofiev sonatas. James's flute sound does get a little tiresome after a while because he seems incapable of producing varying tonal shades. Nevertheless, Argerich's playing makes this a worthwhile CD to have."
Excellent CD
jjquantz | cuernavaca, morelos Mexico | 02/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The sonatas are very good and they explore different possibilities that the flute has.Galway's tone specially it's color is incredible.I have never heard any flutist that has that tone it's just so beautiful I could even say it's perfect.The piano part of this sonatas is not just accompaniment it has the same importance as the flute part.Argerich is a master of the piano and in combination with Galway the results are very good. Moll does a fine job in the piano but in my opinion he is not at Argerich's level. If you like classical music and you like the flute buy this CD."
A MUST for serious flutists
K. Bowers | Crossville, TN | 01/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"James Galway truly sets the standard for flute playing. Being a flutist myself, I am always looking for any true flute literature recordings by Galway. His "pop" stuff is o.k., but we need more recordings of standard literature. If you do not have this in your audio library or if you've never heard these pieces before, you MUST get this one! Also, if you are an accompanist needing to hear these pieces, this is an excellent recording as Argerich and Moll are fabulous!"