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Listen to this: ‘Bolero.’ Pacific Symphony Blog, Dec. 19, 2017.
Bolero, listening, Maurice Ravel
December 20, 2017
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A solid performance. Whose recording is it?
For me, this piece always sounds like two halves of one long melody rather than two separate melodies, probably because the way that “second melody” starts is very much like a continuation and not like a new beginning.
Of all instruments featured here, trombone may be the only one without whose solo from this piece it is practically inconceivable to imagine an audition for a major orchestra position.
It’s Abbado with LSO. Good tempo, I think. I’m glad you like it. The trombone solo is very difficult, I can say from personal experience. Though for trombonists who actually do make it into major orchestras it probably isn’t. They make it sound easy.
Making it sound easy is just the beginning. It should also be accurate yet free, soloistic yet disciplined, sexy yet tasteful, Spanish yet French… If you can do all that, you have a good chance to advance to the next round.
I never could!
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