We’ve discussed Boris Giltburg for a few months now on the blog and this weekend he’s finally in Portland to perform back-to-back SOLO recitals with glorious music (NOV 10 / 11). This week, he posted an excerpt on Facebook of Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin (Menuet), which he’ll perform on Saturday’s program (NOV 10). First, read his own insight, then listen to his highly-nuanced interpretation below.
“Tonight's first work is Le tombeau de Couperin by Ravel, which I fell in love with as a kid, and am now finally playing myself. Written over the course of the 1st World War, it started as an hommage not just to Couperin, but to French music and culture in the 18th century (which Ravel considered the high point of civilization). During the course of the War, the work acquired a much more personal meaning for him: each of the six movements is dedicated to one of his friends who fell in action.
In the video is the Menuet, elegant and graceful, but full of gentle and deep melancholy at the same time. The middle section is a Musette, and the moment where the Menuet theme returns, like a ray of light above the last appearance of the of the musette theme, is sheer magic.”