MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Ludo Starts His Third Season

Morlot-Thibaudet-Sep 2013
(Ludovic Morlot and Jean-Yves Thibaudet rehearsing Ravel with the Seattle Symphony)

I know I’m not the only one who can’t believe Ludovic Morlot is now in his third season helming the Seattle Symphony. Last night was an impressive all-Ravel program, with the fine pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet on hand for both concertos. What a feast! My review here:

Wrapping up last night’s all-Ravel program with “Boléro,” Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony demonstrated complete mutual trust – an ingredient essential to giving this ultra-famous piece its spark. However familiar it is, Ravel’s sequential spotlighting of soloists makes it a dangerous enterprise. The music itself seems to dramatize the issue, with its slinky, head-worming tune twisting about but straitjacketed into a monomaniacal lockstep rhythm. How to find the right but unpredictable balances, to weigh the individual voice against the ensemble?

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