August 2014 Convention
Chicago, IL

Sir James Galway in Recital with Phillip Moll

It was enjoyable to hear Sir James Galway, with pianist Phillip Moll, perform this recital of flute standards. Despite little rehearsal time, after so many years of collaboration, the musical communication between these two stellar musicians was delightful to watch. Galway performed Martinu’s Sonata for flute and piano, Gaubert’s Sonata No. 3, and Taffanel’s Grande Fantaisie Mignon for flute and piano, and was joined by his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, on Doppler’s Rigoletto Fantaisie, Op. 38. After the final piece on the program, Morlacchi’s Il Pastore Svizzero (The Swiss Shepherd), Galway treated the audience to two encores. Claire de Lune by Debussy was “something slow,” in contrast to the thousands of notes that he’d already played in the recital, followed by the Carnival of Venice Variations by Morlacchi. What a treat!

Sir James Galway and Phillip Moll

—Phyllis Louke

photo by Brian Covington