The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #99782   Message #2001725
Posted By: GUEST,Mike Miller
20-Mar-07 - 12:06 AM
Thread Name: virtuosity and traditional music
Subject: RE: virtuosity and traditional music
I, too, have heard James Galway play dance tunes, on flute, and I think that he played them well, if, perhaps, self conciously. As a classically trained artist, he can, only, play the trad style from imitation and impression. He plays, if you will, with a bit of an accent. In a previous posting, I mentioned Itzhak Perlman's foray into the world of Klezmar. He was terrific but stylistically flawed. He couldn't help himself. He has a low shmaltz tolerance and klezmerim have to shmear it on with a spatula.
But, full credit to him. He loves the music and the tradional rituals. So does James Galway. Let's cut these guys some slack. They honor their roots and they honor the music we love.