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James Galway Plays Beethoven: Serenades, Op. 25 & 8 / Flute Sonata Op. 8

James Galway , Phillip Moll , Joseph Swensen , Paul Neubauer , Beethoven Audio CD
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  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (March 13, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000003ER3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ser, Op.25 In D: Entrata: Allegro
2. Ser, Op.25 In D: Tempo Ordinario D'un Minuetto
3. Ser, Op.25 In D: Allegro Molto
4. Ser, Op.25 In D: Andante Con Variazioni
5. Ser, Op.25 In D: Allegro Scherzando E Vivace
6. Ser, Op.25 In D: Adagio/Allegro Vivace Disinvolto
7. Son In B-Flat: Allegro Moderato
8. Son In B-Flat: Polonaise
9. Son In B-Flat: Largo
10. Son In B-Flat: Allegretto Molto
11. Ser, Op.8 In D: Marcia
12. Ser, Op.8 In D: Adagio
13. Ser, Op.8 In D: Menuetto: Allegretto
14. Ser, Op.8 In D: Polonaise: Allegretto Alla Polacca
15. Ser, Op.8 In D: Tema Con Variazione: Andante

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, from the Man with the Golden Flute January 13, 2012
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In 1969, when Herbert von Karajan selected James Galway as principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic, he certainly knew what he was doing. This recording is a testament to Karajan's judgement, since the playing is brilliant and enjoyable in the highest degree, and though we usually don't think of Beethoven when we think of the flute (Debussy would probably come to mind first), the music on this cd shows that the man from Bonn could write great tunes when he wanted. I first heard the Serenade, op. 25 many years ago, but I never thought of getting a recording of it since many other, bigger works caught my attention. Now I know that I was just waiting for the perfect recording of it, which I think we have here, played with such style and panache that you can't resist. Written between the first two symphonies, this piece is just a pure delight of youthful verve and song. The performance is a stunner, since James Galway's musicianship and technique are in the category of virtuosity seldom heard. His breath control alone is impressive.
The other Serenade, the op.8 work, is actually a transcription of a string trio, in which the first violin part is transcribed for flute, a practice that was apparently common at one time, which adopted many string pieces in this way. The two other parts were transcribed for piano. It makes enjoyable listening, especially in such an excellent performance which shows complete knowledge of the idiom of this music. The Sonata in B flat(actually with no opus number) is also given a convincing reading, proving it to be a work deserving more familiarity, since it was never listed by either Beethoven or scholars among his known compositions, though why is not clear.
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