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Re: Ravel's Bolero
I became rather tired of this ubiquitous old warhorse after late adolescence - but found my interest renewed not so long ago by the thrillingly raucous version of Freitas Branco with the inimitable orchestra of the Théatre du Champs Elysées (1954), which takes 18'33. Another exciting version is by Mravinsky (1952) - 17'03, conforming to the composer's prescribed playing time. What this work does not need, IMHO, is streamlining.I do like the Cluytens at 15'26, however. It's the style that counts.
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