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Maurice Ravel

August 31, 2009

Bum, bubba-da-bum, bubba-da-bum, bum...

In Ravel's Bolero, the lead snare drummer plays a simple pattern 168 times in a row, gradually getting louder for 16 minutes. It's a study in deep concentration, and percussionist David Corkhill has it mastered. From a concert two weeks ago at the Royal Albert Hall in London, rock-solid David Corkhill and the rest of the Philharmonia Orchestra give a riveting performance of Bolero.

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hour 1

  • Jacques Offenbach
    The Rhine Nymphs Overture
    Philharmonia Orchestra; Antonio de Almeida, conductor
  • Maurice Ravel
    Bolero
    Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Royal Albert Hall, London; BBC Proms 2009
  • Jean Hotteterre
    La Noce Champetre ou l'Himen Pastoral
    Francois Lazarevitch, recorder, musette; Vittorio Ghielmi, viola da gamba; Monica Waisman, violin; Andre Henrich, theorbo, baroque guitar; Alexander Puliaev, harpsichord; Ensemble 1700, Dorothee Oberl
    Herne Early Music Days; Mont-Cenis Academy, Herne, Germany
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Andante dolce (Theme and Variations) from Sonata in D, Op. 115
    Veronika Eberle, violin
    Weilburg Castle Concerts
  • Franz Schubert
    Andante, from Piano Sonata in A, op. 120
    Emanuel Ax, piano
    From a concert with the French National Orchestra, Daniele Gatti, conductor.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Andante in C, K. 315
    Sir James Galway, flute; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California

hour 2

  • Charles Ives
    Symphony No. 1 -- III. Scherzo
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Ricercar a 6 from Musical Offering, BWV 1079
    Geoff Nuttall, violin; Scott St. John, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, viola; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello; Dennis Godburn, bassoon; Scott Pingel, bass
    Music@Menlo; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, California
  • Franz Schubert
    3 Klavierstucke: No. 2 in E flat major
    Imogen Cooper, piano
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
  • Gustav Mahler
    Symphony No. 10 -- I. Adagio
    San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
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