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Ravel: Bolero

Jean-François Zygel's Keys to the Orchestra

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Jean-François Zygel presents Ravel's Boléro. Movement by movement, he dissects the French composer's celebrated work, exploring his origins, inspirations, and music richness. His explanations are musically illustrated by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Kazushi Ono.

Les Clefs de l'orchestre (“The Keys to the Orchestra”) is a pedagogical concert series hosted by Jean-François Zygel at Paris’ Maison de la Radio. Aiming to give a broad public the keys to understanding the symphonic repertoire, the pianist and improviser addresses fundamental questions like: What is a symphony? What is the role of each orchestral instrument? What is a variation? What is a theme? In the company of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of prestigious conductors, Zygel deconstructs symphonic masterpieces of Western classical music with humor, contextualizing the music and clarifying questions both fundamental and complex.

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Directed by:
Stéphan Aubé
Venue: Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris, France)
Production date: 2006
Duration: 1 h 16 min
Production: © TELESCOPE Audiovisuel
Resolution: SD