World of Music: An Evening with James Galway


World of Music: An Evening with James Galway

A performance by the renowned flautist, with special guests Kyung-Wha Chung, Jessye Norman, Calvin Simmons, Moray Welsh and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


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MUSIC: "Hora Staccato" by Grigoras Dinicu

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APPLAUSE

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That was the famous Hora Staccato by Dinicu,

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which is a violin player's test piece,

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and actually a flute player's nightmare.

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This evening we have a very mixed bag for you.

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Lots of international celebrities, and we're going all over the world to find our music as well.

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Before we start travelling, I'd like to go a little way back into my youth,

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to the day I won three competitions in Ireland.

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When I was a little boy I won the local flute band championship competition

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for the ages of ten to 13, 13 to 16, and the all-Ireland open.

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And the tune I had to play for the all-Ireland piece

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was the best of all three - the Melody in F by Anton Rubinstein -

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and I'd like to play it for you now, with Calvin Simmons and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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APPLAUSE

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My next group of guests are roughly the same age as the people

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with whom I was competing in two of the classes as a boy in Ireland,

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and now I'm going to play for you The Entertainer,

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arranged for recorder ensemble.

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If you think there's anything worse than one recorder, you're quite wrong. Just listen to this.

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And Mr Calvin Simmons is going to oblige us by accompanying us at the piano.

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin

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APPLAUSE

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Ladies and gentlemen, the man responsible for coaching these

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children is my one and only brother George who lives in Manchester.

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These children are all his pupils at various schools there.

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They form different ensembles

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and have all travelled down here especially for the programme.

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George, tell me how many students

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and pupils have you got in Manchester?

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Well, I don't really know exactly, Jim,

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but there's quite a few recorder players in Manchester.

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But they do have a very healthy music scene in town

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and we've brought along today a wind band from various schools

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to play Sousa March.

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Guess who we want to play the piccolo?

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-I don't know. Me?!

-Yes!

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There's no audition for this, is there?

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa

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APPLAUSE

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Well, I'm glad I didn't have to take an audition for that one

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because I think I may really not have made it.

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That was the Stars and Stripes by JP Sousa.

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He thought he was writing a symphony - he really did -

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he thought he was writing great master-works.

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In fact he did, but all he turned out were marches

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but he made a very, very good job of them.

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I'd like to go right now to one of the truly great musicians of the 20th century - Claude Debussy.

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I'd like to play with Calvin and the orchestra

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one of his most beautifully haunting melodies - La Plus Que Lente.

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MUSIC: "La Plus Que Lente" by Claude Debussy.

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APPLAUSE

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That was La Plus Que Lente.

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And now ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce to you someone

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who is, in my opinion, one of the truly great living violin players -

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not only that, she's definitely one of the most beautiful!

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And here to play for you the last movement

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of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor is Miss Kyung-Wha Chung.

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "Violin Concerto in E minor, op 64" by Felix Mendelssohn

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APPLAUSE

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Wasn't that terrific?

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I would like to ask Kyung-Wha and Calvin to join me over here.

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And, also, I'd like to welcome back my good old friend Moray Welsh.

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APPLAUSE

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Kyung-Wha, that was terrific.

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Tell me, when did you first play this piece?

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-This concerto?

-The Mendelssohn.

-When I was about that high.

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-Well, actually I was, er, in Korean age, nine years old.

-Mm-hmm.

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-In British age, eight.

-Ah-ha. OK.

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You haven't recorded it yet, have you?

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No, not yet. I actually just now recorded the Beethoven concerto,

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but Mendelssohn is to follow very soon.

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Well, the Beethoven's enough to keep anybody busy for a week or two.

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Er, we're going to play for you now,

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one of the pieces we had much success with when we were touring

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together with Kyung-Wha, myself and Moray.

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It's a jig by Bach.

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And for all the historians who are looking in,

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I'd like to tell you it's a piece he wrote when he was in Dublin

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when he was on tour visiting his pal Handel.

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We've asked Calvin to supply the keyboard part at the harpsichord.

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MUSIC: "Gigue From Trio Sonata in C Major" by Bach

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APPLAUSE

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Well, that was really most enjoyable.

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Thank you Kyung-Wha and Moray and Calvin.

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For my next guest, I'd like to introduce a very, very special lady

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who I first made music with at the Edinburgh Festival,

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but someone who is known to all classical audiences throughout the world

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and here she is to sing two negro spirituals.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Jessye Norman.

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APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: "There's A Man" Performed by Jessye Norman

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# There's a man going round

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# Taking names

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# There's a man going round

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# Taking names

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# He has taken my mother's name

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# And he's left my heart in pain

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# There's a man going round

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# Taking names

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# There's a man going round

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# Taking names

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# There's a man going round

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# Taking names

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# He has taken my father's name

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# And he's left my heart in pain

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# There's a man going round

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# Taking names

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# Oh, death is that man

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# Taking names

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# Oh, death is that man

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# Taking names

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# He has taken my brother's name

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# And he's left my heart in pain

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# Oh, death is that man

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# Taking names

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# There's a man going round

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# Taking names. #

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APPLAUSE

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For the next spiritual, Great Day,

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I will be accompanied at the piano by Mr Calvin Simmons.

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# Great day

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# Great day the righteous marching Great day

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# God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# Great day

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# Great day the righteous marching Great day

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# God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# Chariot rode on the mountain top

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# God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# God has spoke and the chariot stopped

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# God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# Tis the day of juberlee

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# God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# God has set his people free God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# Great day

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# Great day the righteous marching

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# Great day

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# God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# Take my breastplate sword in hand

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# Put a bullet through the land

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# Want no cowards in our band

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# It must be a good brave man

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# Great day

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# Great day the righteous marching

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# Great day

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# God's going to build up Zion's walls

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# Great day

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# Great day the righteous marching

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# Great day-y-y-y-y

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# God's going to build up

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# Zion's

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# Walls. #

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APPLAUSE

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I'd like to invite Jessye Norman to join us over here with the orchestra.

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APPLAUSE

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-Jessye, that was fantastic.

-Thank you.

-Just great.

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I'd like to be the first guy on TV to tell you I love you.

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I love you too but we weren't going to talk of that.

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One of the greatest moments of my life was to appear

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on the stage of the Usher Hall with Jessye Norman when we did

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a piece together called La Flute Enchante from Sheherazade by Ravel.

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We'd like to relive this very special moment

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which we'll now perform with Calvin and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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MUSIC: "La Flute Enchante" by Maurice Ravel

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# L'ombre est douce et mon maitre dort

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# Coiffe d'un bonnet conique de soie

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# Et son long nez jaune en sa barbe blanche

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# Mais moi, je suis eveillee encore

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# Et j'ecoute au dehors

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# Une chanson de flute ou s'epanche

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# Tour a tour la tristesse ou la joie

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# Un air tour a tour langoureux ou frivole

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# Que mon amoureux cheri joue

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# Et quand je m'approche de la croisee

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# Il me semble que chaque note s'envole

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# De la flute vers ma joue

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# Comme un mysterieux baiser. #

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE DROWNS SPEECH

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Well, that was the magic flute sung by the magic Jessye Norman.

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And now we're going to play you one of the pieces composed by

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my father's favourite violin player.

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When I was a boy, we had an old wind-up gramophone

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with a number of Kreisler records, and one of the pieces

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we played very often was Liebesfreud played by Fritz Kreisler himself.

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I used to hear this very often as a child

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and we've arranged it for flute and orchestra.

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I'd like to play it for you now.

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MUSIC: "Liebesfreud" by Fritz Kreisler

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APPLAUSE

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That's was Kreisler's Liebesfreud.

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And to finish off I'd like to play you a few tunes from the fatherland.

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That's from Ireland, I mean.

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We've arranged a few reels which we hope you'll enjoy.

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Thank you for being with us, and to all my guests.

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Miss Kyung-Wha Chung, Jessye Norman, Moray Welsh,

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to all the young musicians from Manchester

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and my brother for coaching and bringing them all down.

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And very special thanks to Calvin Simmons who came

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all the way from San Francisco especially to keep us

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all in the right place and my good friends at the Royal Philharmonic.

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Here we go...

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