Ravel was deeply affected by the First World War and the first half of tonight’s programme is bookended by two very different responses to that period. Each movement of the delicate Tombeau de Couperin is dedicated to a friend the composer lost in the war, while the fiendishly virtuosic La Valse culminates in an expression of anger at an era changed forever.
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is also a tribute to a late friend – the artist and architect Viktor Hartmann. This innovative and inventive suite is a musical depiction of artworks by Hartmann, who died at the age of 39.
PerformersInon Barnatan piano
RepertoireRavel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Jeux d'eau; Pavane pour une infante défunte; La valse
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 6.15pm: Inon Barnatan discusses the programme. Admission free.
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