Les Siècles: Music of Maurice Ravel

June 27, 2018, 9:00 am

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After their revelatory recording of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth give us the exotic Mother Goose Suite and Le tombeau de Couperin, which sound so new thanks to this period-instrument setting (light on vibrato, and with instruments appropriate to the time of composition). Ma Mére l’Oye, with its unique colors, benefits most from this approach, less sweet than normal and always strikingly original. Le tombeau de Couperin, a work tinged with sadness, really does seem to reach back into the depths of French music, evoking a past age.