Bolero is ‘an orchestral score without music,’ reckoned Ravel. ‘There are no contrasts, and practically no invention except the plan and the manner of execution.’
Such a careful description does not acknowledge the hypnotic power that has made the piece so popular. When the LSO and Valery Gergiev performed it in London at the end of 2009 a recording for LSO Live was a must. Unusually, a video was made too.
This is such an extraordinary video that we have decided to offer this exclusive HD version, which has never been made available before, to Society of Sound members.
This month’s Real World offering is the debut album from Circle Traps. Developed over the last year through an interest in production as well as a love of electronic and dance music; Circle Traps have arrived at a sound that marries the romantic textures of Bjork’s Vespertine to the glacial atmospherics of Thomas Köner to more fluid jazz-like explorations of rhythm.
Circle Traps is a project between Jack Wyllie (Portico Quartet), Duncan Bellamy (Portico Quartet) and Will Ward.