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29 November 2017, 15:23
It's one of the 20th century's most iconic pieces – but what if the orchestra was replaced by a stage of grand pianos?
Always keen for a challenge, Frank Dupree did something extraordinary to Maurice Ravel's famous orchestral earworm, 'Bolero'.
Not content with a straight piano arrangement, the German pianist and conductor set about orchestrating it for several pianos. 10 in fact.
The multi-tracked outcome is a joy to watch. Dupree begins with that famous snare drum ostinato tapped on the body of a grand piano, adding more instruments as Ravel's epic piece unfolds.
It's part of what the pianist calls his Piano Pulse Project. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel for more.
And here's some bonus Brahms, featuring (just the one) Frank Dupree and violist Timothy Ridout at the Wimbledon International Music Festival 2017.