Carmen & Boléro  Munich Symphony Orchestra – Alena Baeva, viola Alena Baeva The organiser

Carmen & Boléro
Munich Symphony Orchestra – Alena Baeva, viola


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Conducted by Elias Grandy

A constant steady rhythm; two forever repeating, closely related melodies; the same bass notes throughout: a seemingly endless loop, intuitive, repetitive. When Maurice Ravel’s »Boléro« premiered in 1928, a member of the audience is said to have exclaimed about the French composer: »The man is crazy!« And Ravel is said to have nonchalantly replied: »The lady is the only one who has understood the piece.«

In fact, the »Boléro« is an incredibly skilful composition, revealing, on closer inspection, many subtle strokes of genius. And being so instantly recognisable, it became an evergreen of the orchestral repertoire.

Like »Carmen«, the opera by Ravel’s compatriot Georges Bizet, the »Boléro« is associated with Spain. In addition to excerpts from two suites from »Carmen«, Pablo de Sarasate’s »Carmen Fantasy«, which is based on themes from Bizet’s opera, will be performed in this concert of the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the »Boléro«, Ravel’s »Tzigane« and »Rapsodie espagnole« are also on the programme; the latter another piece that sounds simple at first but reveals hidden depths on closer listening.

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  • Composer: Georges BizetOpus: Excerpts from »Carmen« Suites No 1 and 2
  • Composer: Pablo de SarasateOpus: »Carmen Fantasy« for violin and orchestra
  • Composer: Maurice RavelOpuses: Tzigane, Rapsodie Espagnole, Boléro




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