An Irish flute Player, who was first flute with the Berlin Philarmonic under Herbert von Karajan for six years, resigned that post, and was immediate engaged to play with four of London's orchestras, made his first appearance in this area Tuesday night.
James Galway played at the University of Maryland for an audience of flute fans who cheered him to the nines. after his first number, he removed his coat and tie, saying he had to have something dry to wear home. Between movements of the Poulene sonata he and his corking pianist, Philip Moll, pursued and destroyed an errant moth that was distracting them. Galway said, "He was looking for the way to the National Airport."
Spicing up his playing with breezy remarks, Galway entertained his listeners, often with information that had nothing to do with the truth. It is hard to image what kind of psychic shock he might have induced in the late Francis Poulene if the composer had heard him say that Poulene wrote the flute sonata in the Majestic Hotel in southern France where he met a beautiful girl who inspired the slow movement, only to be reprimanded by his wife in the finale! Ah, the Irish imagination.
Oh yes, Galway is one of the greatest flute players in the world, and he played like one. He opened with his own transcription of Schubert's "Arpeggione" Sonata which did not need another transcription. He included arrangements of three Kreisler pieces, and the Carmen Fantasy by Borne. Schubert's "Trock'ne Blumen" Variations and the Poulene Sonata were the originel flute pieces of the evening.