In what’s bound to be the most creative performance of Maurice Ravel’s iconic “Bolero” you’ll see this week, the four cellists of the “Wiener 5+1 Ensemble Choir” perform the classic orchestral piece...on a single cello. Crowding in on this central instrument with multiple bows and hands, one cellist plays the melody on the fingerboard, another adds a harmonic second voice below the bridge, and so on; at times in this very entertaining video there are as many as three hands on the fingerboard, and four on separately swinging bows.
Is this what arts funding cutbacks have brought us to? No—just a fun and innovative way to infuse one of classical music’s most well-known numbers with new life.
One thing’s for sure: This is about as efficient as a string quartet can get.