Les Siècles

Les Siècles Concerts


Les Siècles is a prominent French musical ensemble that specializes in performing music from the 17th to the 21st century on period instruments. Founded in 2003 by conductor François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles has gained international recognition for their innovative approach to classical and contemporary repertoire.

Under Roth's leadership, Les Siècles has become known for their meticulous attention to historical accuracy and their commitment to recreating the original soundscapes of each era. The ensemble's unique feature lies in its ability to adapt its instrumentation and performance techniques according to the specific requirements of each period. They are renowned for their use of original or replica instruments, which allows them to capture the authentic timbre and nuances intended by the composers.

Les Siècles has collaborated with numerous prestigious orchestras and festivals around the world, including the BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, and Lucerne Festival. Their performances have been praised for their energy, precision, and exceptional interpretive skills. The ensemble has also recorded extensively, releasing albums on various labels such as Harmonia Mundi and Actes Sud.

One of Les Siècles' notable accomplishments is their critically acclaimed complete recording of Hector Berlioz's orchestral works. This ambitious project, released between 2012 and 2019, received high praise from critics worldwide for its groundbreaking interpretations that shed new light on Berlioz's music.

In addition to their commitment to historical performance practice, Les Siècles actively promotes contemporary music.


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