August 1, 2002 |
To get a new or newish concerto performed at the Hollywood Bowl takes, at the very least, a determined superstar soloist. Yo-Yo Ma managed it a few years ago with John Tavener's "The Protecting Veil" but he can pretty much write his own ticket, the work happened to be hugely popular with the New Age crowd, and the cellist had a new recording of it coming out on Sony.
March 4, 2000 | ,
Onstage Thursday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts: a huge array of percussion instruments, two fishbowls, 15 microphones and batteries of speakers at each side of the stage. But not to worry--veteran flutist James Galway, appearing with the young Danish percussionists Uffe Savery and Morten Friis, who perform under the name of the Safri Duo, would offer the most mild, middle-of-the-road program imaginable. Musical interest peaked in only two technologically low-keyed places.
April 21, 1997 |
Instrumental virtuosity, such as the type that James Galway commands, can be a mixed blessing. It certainly proved to be in the popular flutist's latest local recital, Saturday at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. On the one hand, Galway's famed technique allowed him to leap all technical hurdles with the greatest of ease.
March 25, 1996 |
A James Galway concert is what it is--part comedy show, part serious music-making, part circus act. But there's no need to harp on its lack of purity, its meshing of the high and low. Because there's nothing phony about it, no reaching or selling, no calculating effect, no pretensions of grandeur. Or if there is, Galway hides it well. Simply put, the man appears to genuinely enjoy playing the flute in front of an audience, joshing a bit, showing off some. Take it or leave it.
February 11, 1995 |
All performing musicians aspire to the condition of James Galway: He has a technical mastery so complete that it makes everything look easy. That this facility didn't lead to emotional detachment or casualness in the Irish flutist's playing, as it can with some superstar soloists, was the joy of his Thursday night recital at Ambassador Auditorium, featuring sonatas by Bach and Handel.
March 2, 1993
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