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|Clive James – with as much modesty as a self-publicist can pull off – says, "all I can do is turn a phrase until it catches the light." A similar ability enlivens the orchestration of masters such as Ravel and Falla. Viewing the amassed forces of the RSNO as they prepared to open with Alborada del gracioso (1918), it was difficult not to be struck by the seven-strong file of percussionists and wonder at the rhythmic bite they would surely add to this piano original from Ravel's Miroirs (1904-05).|
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