The cooler temperatures made for a very pleasant evening at Wolf Trap, where the National Symphony Orchestra featured not one, but two Galway pipers during an enjoyable performance on Thursday.
With guest conductor JoAnn Falletta leading the NSO, flutists James and Jeanne Galway displayed golden tones and fluid techniques in Cimarosa's Concerto in G for Two Flutes and Orchestra. The couple's music spiraled tightly together, especially in the cadenzas. They followed the work with a charming flute duet version of Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turka," with string accompaniment.
Then it was time for Sir Galway to dazzle in Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, K. 314. The flutist made the repertory standard sound fresh by incorporating his own cadenzas and nuances -- a slight extension of a note here, a change of articulation there. After being called back, Galway announced he would perform three little lollipops:
"Brian Boru's March," "Danny Boy" and Bach's "Badinerie" from Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067. He executed each with amazing ease, generosity of tone and, in the "Badinerie," impressive velocity.
Falletta proved a responsive conductor, maintaining a strict balance between the NSO and the soloists. Just as Berlioz's Overture to "Le Corsaire," Op. 21, journeyed from tenderness to triumph, Falletta directed the orchestra through a flavorful interpretation of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 ("New World"), conveying both the expansiveness of an unexplored frontier and the intimacy of a home.
-- Grace Jean
Jeanne and James Galway shared the spotlight at Wolf Trap on Thursday.