grew up with Charles Dutoit but came to appreciate Leonard Bernstein from listening to the local radio station on my morning commute. Bolero, by Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937), is one of those pieces that are almost impossible to play badly so there are very many good versions on the market. I found this to be very easy to follow. Ravel takes a single Spanish sounding line and repeats it with some variation and variation of interments. In this way he has capture the feel of Spanish music better than most originals. Timing is everything and we are carried along with the music. We start out slow and quiet, repetition using exotic instruments as the obo has us mesmerized, eventually build to frenzy and them a release. This piece was also used as the background music in the movie "10" for its alternative use. The balance of this CD is other Ravel/Bernstein recordings that you may come to appreciate as much if not more than Bolero
In dieser Aufnahme dirigiert L. Bernstein den Boléro relativ langsam und erzielt dadurch eine fast hypnotische Wirkung und enorme Dynamik. Ich habe sie mit andern (schneller gespielten) Aufnahmen verglichen und diesen verblüffenden Unterschied festgestellt. Für mich eine grossartige CD.