Weekend Musical Grandness – “Bolero”

 

If you’re gifted enough…it can be done with a toothpick!

Rummaging through this strange brew of existence for 62 years, and being a devoted admirer, lover, jealous wanna-be of classical music composers, conductors, musicians – anyone who has contributed to the taste – to the continuity of classical musical – I have never heard, whether via recording or “live”, a performance of Ravel’s “Bolero” as grand as the one included below, by the London Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

Superlative adjectives are not enough to describe this performance.  It is simply both a visual and auditory trip to nirvana.

“Passion” as sometimes pathetically defined in this modern mess of a world, is something found between the sheets. We think it’s a bit more than that.

Passion, life, love, angst, the human condition, longing, joy and power – it’s all here in Ravel’s “Bolero”.  Thoughts, feelings and emotions given to us by Ravel in this piece, are there for your interpretation.  It is a supreme treat performed in glorious fashion by the London Symphony Orchestra.

And if you’re as magnificent a conductor as Mr. Gergiev, you too can conduct this piece with a toothpick!

Maurice Ravel “Bolero” ~  London Symphony Orchestra
~ Valery Gergiev

(With all grand performances – headphones on, full-screen display and volume cranked for maximum sensory enjoyment!)

Photo credit (front page): en.kremlin.ru/catalog/keywords/81/51701

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