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James Galway

March 27, 2009

How not to get a job

Before Irish flutist James Galway became an international star as a soloist, he held one of the most prestigious orchestral chairs in Europe. He was solo flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic. But it almost didn't happen. Galway won the position, but didn't like the way the audition was handled, so he initially turned it down. Today, we'll hear James Galway in two movements from a Mozart flute concerto, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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hour 1

  • Erik Satie
    "Berceuse," from "Enfantillages Pittoresques"
    Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet
  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
    Intermezzo from "The School for Fathers" and Overture to "The Secret of Susanna"
    The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Friedrich Haider
    Prague Spring International Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Lensky's Aria from "Eugene Onegin"
    Cellist and conductor Mischa Maisky with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    New Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Joseph Haydn
    String Quartet in C, Op. 33, Hob. III:39 ("The Bird")
    The Australia Ensemble
    Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Sydney, Australia
  • Erik Satie
    Gymnopedie No. 1
    Pianist Aldo Ciccolini
    KlaraFestival, Brussels, Belgium
  • Maurice Ravel
    Allegro from Sonata for Violin and Cello
    Violinist James Ehnes and cellist Robert deMaine
    Summer Festival at Lakeside School, Seattle
  • Jacques Ibert
    Flutist Gary Schocker and guitarist Jason Vieaux
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Giacomo Puccini
    "O Mio Babbino Caro," from "Gianni Schicchi"
    Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

hour 2

  • Steve Goss
    "Cantiga" and "Madrugada," from "The Weeping of Dreams"
    Guitarist David Russell
  • Arvo Part
    "Da Pacem Domine"
    The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Paul Moravec
    "Ariel" and "Sweet Airs," from "Tempest Fantasy"
    Trio Solisti with clarinetist Alan Kay
    Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas
  • Josquin des Pres
    El Grillo ("The Cricket")
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Henry Purcell
    Fantazia No. 6 in F
    Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas
  • Susumu Miyashita and Rentaro Taki
    "Sunlight Shining Through the Trees" and "The Moon on the Ruined Castle"
    Flutist James Galway with the Tokyo String Orchestra and conductor Hiroyuki Iwaki
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Last two movements of Flute Concerto in D, K. 314
    Flutist James Galway with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Nicholas McGegan
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
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