Maurice Ravel: Bolero / Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker at Lucerne Festival 2010

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Maurice Ravel: Bolero / Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker at Lucerne Festival 2010 5
At the closing concert of the Lucerne Festival 2010, the Wiener Philharmoniker performed Maurice Ravel's probably most famous piece of music under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel: Boléro.

The concert was broadcast live in more than 50 cinemas in Europe on 18 September 2010.

Recording Date: 18 September 2010
Composers: Maurice Ravel
Orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductors: Gustavo Dudamel
Director: Michael Beyer

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Do you know who the hero's of Bolero actually are? Not the soloists, not the conductor, it's the freaking drummer! I mean just think about the concentration needed not to mess up on the same rhythm for 17 whole minutes. It's crazy!

Author — Evgeny Stolyarov

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“Man, nobody ever talks about the drummer!” - every comment

Author — David Kilbridge

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Ravel's Bolero is a study of orchestral crescendo that the author almost threw away. The self-imposed rule is, no tempo changes, and no development is allowed to the melody or to the harmony (except at the very end). How long can you sustain the interest by only thickening the orchestration? Usually not very long, but here the melody is so interesting, rhythmically speaking, that Ravel gets away with quite a few statements.

The author insisted it should be played slowly, like in this recording. But that's just his opinion.

The famous melody has 2 parts, I will call them "a" and "b". Below is the overall scheme (Wikipedia has another description):

0:20 - 0. Introduction (rhythm only)

SOLOS

1.
0:32 - a - flute
1:27 - a - clarinet
2:22 - b - bassoon
3:17 - b - piccolo clarinet in E flat

2.
4:12 - a - oboe d'amore
5:06 - a - muted trumpet + flute (a pretend solo.)
6:01 - b - tenor sax
6:56 - b - soprano sax

TIMID ENSEMBLES

3.

7:49 - a - imitation of an organ (horn, 2 piccolos, celesta) (The organ is a solo instrument that sounds like an ensemble.)
8:43 - a - oboes and clarinets
9:37 - b - trombone (a solo instrument that CAN sound huge by itself)
10:30 - b - woodwind ensemble: tenor sax, clarinets, oboes, flutes

RIPIENO ENSEMBLES

4.
11:23 - a - first violins + woodwinds
12:15 - a - first and second violins + woodwinds
13:07 - b - one trumpet + all violins + woodwinds
13:59 - b - strings + trombone + woodwinds

5.
14:50 - a - 1st violins, trumpets, saxes, flutes
15:41 - b - trumpets, trombones, 1st violins, flutes
16:21 - Interruption, modulation to E Major!!! Development of the melody!!!
16:48 - Back to C, Major, coda!!!

No recording, including this one, is an accurate representation of the actual sound near the end. You have to hear Ravel in an actual theater to understand what I mean. Those who have never gone to a concert hall are encouraged to have that experience.

Author — Nando Florestan

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STOP putting ads in the middle of the music!

Author — Leitha McMinn

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The drummer is a metronom made man. He has the hardiest part. Try to keep that rythm line 17 mn long... you'll tell me....

Author — Franck Bizouard

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respect for the drummer, he must have nerves of steel

Author — Edwin van Hulst

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Who is watching in January 2020? 🥳🎉
Greetings from Bali - Indonesia ♥️

Author — REZKY WIDHIANTORO

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That trombone player gave a magical performance, I'm truly and completly stunned by the sheer elegance he played with..

Author — MJLupin27

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I usually don't mind the Google ads - it's a free product, etc. But this piece really could do without the interruption at that particular spot. LOL!

Author — Bill Milhoan

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How dare you put a commercial at the finale of ravel's bolero?! Have you no soul?!

Author — Tifany Lee

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I thought conductors were born in their mid-50’s.

Author — Kristi Evans

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Magnífica orquestra e talentosa condução do maestro Gustavo Dudamel.

Author — Ricardo S. Cabral

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WHO THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO PUT AN AD AT THE END OF THE BOLERO? AM I A JOKE TO YOU?

Author — Louise

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I feel like i heard this music before..

Author — Mars

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Adding on my praise for the percussionist, specifically the snare drummer. Simple rhythm, sure. Playing it that softly and controlled with sound quality for that long, add in the 9 hour long crescendo. Pretty impressive. This is like the percussive equivalent of an artist drawing a perfect circle freehand.

Author — Bonkers McGee

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This reminds me off every time reversing the boat into the water when the ramp is covered in moss

Author — Dean Robert

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Interesting that there are only about two women playing here.
Anyway, a great performance.
I love watching them all get really into it when it heats up.
They start playing with a vengeance.
Greetings from New York City, January, 2020.

Author — stevie68a

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A única parte ruim desse vídeo, é quando ele acaba. I love it

Author — Silvia Renata

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Yes drummer is definitely hero, but now imagine second drummer under huge pressure not to fuck up first 14 minutes of perfect drumming from first drummer and even match him hahaha, even bigger hero.

Author — majsterV

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What a great human achievement, many great drummers crossed the line to immortality through this piece

Author — Ardic Agus