Different Duos Sunday #4: Rupert Boyd (guitar) and Laura Metcalf (cello) Play Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Pavane’
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the combination of classical guitar and cello has never been as popular as it is today. And this young New York-based married duo—Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd and American cellist Laura Metcalf; known collectively as Boyd Meets Girl—is one of the most exciting and eclectic pairings playing music on those instruments; many of the arrangements are their own.
Such as this truly beautiful rendering of French composer Gabriel Fauré’s famous Pavane, Op. 50, a piece originally written for piano and chorus in the late 1880s, but more popularly played as an orchestral work, or orchestra and chorus. It also spurred a popular ballet some years later, and influenced both Debussy and Ravel to write their own pavanes, which coincidentally have become staples of the classical guitar repertoire: Debussy’s “Passapied” from Suite bergamasque and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte.
Boyd Meets Girl’s excellent eponymous debut album, which includes the Fauré Pavane, came out in 2017. And the couple’s first baby, Milo, was born July 4, 2018, in New York City. Congratulations Rupert and Laura! —Blair Jackson