Classics of the Phonograph

Dueling flutes

Flute on top of sheets of music.

Flute with sheets of music. By Petar Milošević - Own work. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The famous French flutist Jean Pierre Rampal is generally credited with establishing in the 20th century the flute as a major solo instrument. But in fame and popularity, Rampal had a formidable rival in the Irish flutist James Galway.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear examples of the playing of each flutist, and an A&B comparison of their distinctive tone, playing the same music.


Vivaldi, Concerto for Flute and Strings, "Il Cardinello, Rampal, flute, I Solisti Veneti, C. Scimone

Bach: Trio Sonata, K. 1038, Galway, M. Huggett, S. Cuningham, P. Moll

Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano, Rampal, and R. Veyron-Lacroix

Mozart: Concerto for Harp and Flute, excerpt, played by both flutists (Rampal, with Lily Laskine, J-F Paillard Chamber Orchestra

Same Concerto, finale: Galway, M. Robles, harp, Galway conductng the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Crossovers: Rampal playing "Greensleeves," Galway playing  "Danny Boy"