It seems simple on the surface, but there is a lot to discover in Ravel's most famous work (much to his dismay!). Joshua Weilerstein, one of today's in-demand conductors, joins John Banther to offer his perspective on the music and all the details that need to be addressed to pull it off in performance.

Show Notes

Joshua Weilerstein

Portrait of Joshua Weilerstein with baton

“One of the most promising podium presences of his generation” - Los Angeles Times

Learn more about Joshua Weilerstein here.

Listen to his podcast, Sticky Notes, here.

Performances of Bolero mentioned

Sergiu Celibidache conducting Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1971)

Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1973)

A clear picture of the long crescendo, is seen in the waveform.

The crescendo is seen in the waveform here, getting bigger and bigger.