Ravel once commented that his Boléro was a piece of music that contained no music. Well, since then we've had music with even less music! The hypnotic rhythm sustained throughout piece's 14-or-so-minute length has earned it its reputation (or notoriety!). Over a snare-drum beat the orchestra weaves two 18-measure themes, each repeated twice — and that, more or less, is it! The art in interpreting the piece is to keep the tempo steady and allow the gradual build-up in volume to emerge naturally from the music's flow. Yakov Kreizberg does a superb job and really succeeds in managing a thrilling climax to the work. Whatever its numerous recent uses (in the movie 10 where Bo Derek attempts to seduce Dudley Moore, or for the ice-skaters Torville and Dean), heard unadorned it weaves a very individual spell all of its own.
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