This brand new recording opens with Maurice Ravel’s magnificent Boléro, known for its feverish, hypnotic rhythm and massive orchestral sound. Boléro, Ravel’s most famous piece, epitomises his preoccupation with restyling and reinventing dance movements. The listener is then taken to Baghdad circa 1071 A.D. with a medley from the classic 1953 musical Kismet. This Tony-award winning show was constructed entirely around the music of celebrated Russian composer Alexander Borodin. The listener journeys from Baghdad back to Spain with Suite Nos. 1 and 2 from Georges Bizet’s immensely popular opera, Carmen, and closes with Féte-Dieu à Séville from composer Isaac Albéniz.
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