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

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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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Una magnífica interpretación, la cara de satisfacción del excelente Gustavo Dudamel lo dice todo. ¡Muy buen trabajo!

Author — TheGamerMaldito


Placing ads in the middle of classical music is inexcusable.

Author — michael ewing


Of course we love and admire the snare drummer's skill and concentration. But imagine being his neighbor and hearing him practice this piece repeatedly with no other instruments. No melody. No nothing. Not even the plunk plunk of the string section in the early parts. Only:
"Tat. Rattata tat. Rattata tat, tat, tat. Rattata tat. Rattata tattata tattata tat."
"Rattata tat. Rattata tat, tat, tat. Rattata tat. Rattata tattata tattata tat."
Rattata tat. Rattata tat, tat, tat. Rattata tat. Rattata tattata tattata tat."
Rattata tat. Rattata tat, tat, tat. Rattata tat. Rattata tattata tattata tat."
Over and over all afternoon until he takes a nap before heading out to the orchestra. You would lose... your... mind.

Author — Fluvienne


The conductor looks so happy, so whenever I see this, I am happy too.

Author — Carolyn Song


La ejecución es perfecta pero, a pesar de que comprendo la necesidad de ingresos a través de publicidad, colocar esta publicidad interrumpiendo la música es un despropósito, colocarla antes y después sería lo lógico

Author — Carlos Vignolo


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


Doctor: you have 17 minutes and 32 seconds left to live
Me: *immediately turns on this video*

Author — Sophia Brattoli


The best 17 minutes of your life can be spent right here

Author — ucdailoi


the flute guy, such a gorgeously handsome man

Author — Quincy 623


Maravilloso como van cogiendo protagonismo cada instrumento conforme avanza la pieza, así se reconoce el valor de cada uno por separado y en su conjunto cuando la melodia te abraza, te eleva y te hace volar. No estudié música jamás, no de momento... pero tiene que ser genial poder ser participe de este resultado y saber que un trabajo bien hecho hace feliz a mucha gente. Enhorabuena a todos los músicos que nos hacen soñar.

Author — Irene López Cantarero


Why my brain make me remember when i play kingdom hearts 2 as a child

Author — Kuro Naichi


3.9K dislikes, Really? Definitely, such number comes from people entirely devoid of good taste, creatures without soul.

Author — Ubi DaCosta


When I was a teenager who was just getting into drugs and music, I bought a 3 album box set of Ravel's work. I used to play my music in the basement loud enough for my neighbor to hear. One day my Mom came to me and said that the neighbor had complimented her on her choice of music and that it was nice to hear good music as opposed to the rock music I played. I wish I could have seen the look on his face when my Mom told her that was my music, not hers.
After 70 years, Ravel is still my favourite composer. His lush orchestration and lyrical melodies are timeless.

Author — Bob McRae


Pure art. Look at those beautiful people. The world must be run by artists.

Author — Sinem


To my eyes and ears, this is what the pinnacle of artistic achievement looks and sounds like. Bravo.

Author — Randy Your Sewing Machine Man


Me encanta esta versión.
Recuerdo que al comprar una radiola estéreo por allá a finales de los 60, obsequiaban un acetato con esta melodía, para que se probara el sonído que se producía en los dos parlantes, como pasaba de uno a otro y luego se envolvía todo el ambiente con los acordes a lo máximo.

Author — Helberto L. Hurtado Rojas



Author — paulio412


There is such good energy in this performance.

Author — hds3


It should be a felony to put in ad in the middle of this song

Author — Claude Maxwell


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)


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

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



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


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

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