Celebrating 70: A Collection of Personal Favorites
SONY MASTERWORKS CELEBRATES
THE 70TH BIRTHDAY OF
FLUTIST LEGEND SIR JAMES GALWAY
GALWAY'S HAND-PICKED COMPILATION
OF HIS FAVORITE PERFORMANCES
In celebration of his 70th birthday, Sir James Galway selects for his fans a collection of his favorite songs - all on one CD for the first time. Consisting of 19 tracks and over 70 minutes of music, Celebrating 70: A Collection of Personal Favorites spans the illustrious career of the beloved flutist and represents his entire catalogue. This new collection is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary musician who has recorded dozens of albums and sold over 30 million units worldwide.
Galway is internationally regarded as both a matchless interpreter of the classical repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose charismatic appeal crosses all musical boundaries. His unique sound and superb musicianship have made him one of the most respected and sought-after performing artists of our time. Through his albums, extensive touring and his numerous television appearances, he has endeared himself to millions across the globe. Celebrating 70 provides a retrospective of this amazing career, with selections dating from 1975 to 2008.
Highlights include the Allegro from Vivaldi's "Spring," Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise," the Pink Panther theme, "Danny Boy," the Allegro from Bach's Flute Sonata in C Major, Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Flight of the Bumblebee," Debussy's Pr?lude ? l'apr?s-midi d'un faune, Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell," the Fugace from Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano, and "La vie en rose."
It is difficult to overestimate Galway's abilities as an entertainer who welcomes each and every listener into the joys of music. He has often said that it is his goal to play music that appeals to a wide range of people, and his career is proof of his success in that endeavor. Galway's musical mission betrays no prejudice towards works of high or low culture, favoring only the music that he feels speaks to others, whether it's Bach, Mozart and Prokofiev or Hoagy Carmichael and Elton John.
The incredible softness and fullness in Galway's tone is his trademark. He is never flustered, even in the dizzying whirl of "The Flight of the Bumblebee" and its monstrous technical demands. His sense of playfulness is equally apparent, as Jackson Braider observes in his liner notes for this release: "His playing of Henry Mancini's delightful movie theme from The Pink Panther is itself cinematic - at once cool, sophisticated, and wry." He is artless in folk music, such as "Danny Boy," but gently knowing in a song such as "La vie en rose," which is inevitably associated with a singer as stylish and urbane as Edith Piaf. Galway is a musician who truly appears to have it all.
Also to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday, Galway reflects on his storied career in his long-awaited autobiography, The Man With the Golden Flute: The Musical Journey of a Celtic Minstrel, which becomes available on November 2009; Galway reveals the challenges he has faced over his fifty-year career, coming from the harsh environs of lower working Belfast to becoming one of the top classical musicians of our time. He shares delightful stories from his world travels and talks about the difficulties of touring and leading a public life.
Born in Belfast, Sir James Galway went on to study in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in such prestigious orchestras as the Sadlers Wells and Royal Covent Garden Operas, The BBC, Royal Philharmonic and London Symphonies, and taking up the coveted position of solo flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert Von Karajan. Since 1975, when Galway launched his solo career, he has continuously performed with the world's leading orchestras and conductors. He has played for such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, Prince Charles, and Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush.
Galway was named the 1997 Musician of the Year by Musical America and has received Record of the Year awards from Billboard and Cash Box magazines, as well as the Grand Prix du Disque for his recordings of the Mozart Concerti. He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1979 and was knighted in 2001 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to music.
Label: RCA Red Seal
JULY 30, Tanglewood: with Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leonard Slatkin
AUG. 1, Tanglewood: Overture to Mozart's The Magic Flute and Flute Concerto No. 2 with special guests
AUG. 9, Ravinia Festival: with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
AUG. 13 16, National Flute Association: Galway receives the Lifetime Achievement Award
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