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The conductor François-Xavier Roth formed this first-rate chamber orchestra in 2003 by bringing together a generation of young musicians from the finest French ensembles. His ambition is to offer a new approach not only to repertoire, but also to the very nature of the concert form.

Since its formation in 2003, Les Siècles has applied theories of historically informed performance to the practical business of making music. The orchestra’s musicians have assembled an arsenal of instruments appropriate to the period and place of works created by composers as diverse as Lully, Rameau, Bach, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. Under François-Xavier Roth’s direction, Les Siècles regularly employs period instruments for works in a concert’s first half before exchanging them for their modern equivalents to perform music by living composers after the interval.

The aim of the label is to recreate all the energy and enthusiasm of a live performance onto the disc, while also harnessing the refinement and precision of studio technology. Any profits are reinvested directly into the Les Siècles musicians association and used to finance new recording or performance projects.

Video : Symphony n° 10 – Dimitri Chostakovitch, extract

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