Thursday, May 10, 2012

An extraordinary night in Sarajevo

At the winter olympics in Sarajevo in 1984 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean scored a perfect 6.0 from all nine judges for their artistic interpretation of Maurice Ravel's Bolero; earning them Olympic gold, lasting fame and Ravel a new and avid fan base. It was an inspired routine, superbly matching the gradually increasing energy of this fine piece with ever more exciting and athletic skating. Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra capture something of that extraordinary St Valentine's night at the Zetra stadium in their recording for Telarc (CD 80601). I'm not sure I need say any more than that - great stuff!

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