Artistic project


Conductor François-Xavier Roth founded the authentic-instrument orchestra Les Siècles in 2003. Comprised of young musicians from some of the finest French ensembles, the group’s aim is to offer a new approach not only to repertoire but also to the very nature of the concert form. This disc was recorded live at the 2009 Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André and features the composer’s immortal Symphonie Fantastique. Especially for the recording, recently discovered, rare instruments from Berlioz’s period were used.


“Playing Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique in the composer’s hometown was a unique and unforgettable experience for all the Siècles’ musicians including myself. Instruments from Berlioz’s period were rediscovered and restored, right down to the famous bells of the “Dies Irae”, which brought their spectacular character and resonance during the 2009 Berlioz Festival.”

François-Xavier Roth


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