Friday, 24 May 2013

Period Debussy and Stravinsky - Les Siecles on disc and in London

Les Siecles, Francois-Xavier Roth - Debussy: La Mer - Actes Sud Musicales
Francois-Xavier Roth and his period instrument group, Les Siecles, will be giving an historically informed performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at the Proms this year. A unique opportunity to hear exactly how the piece sounded on instruments of Stravinsky's time. (And if you wonder whether there is any difference just listen to Elgar's recordings of his own music to hear the changes in style and timbre). In a challenging and fascinating Proms programme on 14 July 2013, Les Siecles perform dance music from three different ages by Lully, Rameau, Delibes, Massenet and Stravinsky. The group are also exploring the 20th century repertoire on disc with a recording of Debussy's La Mer, which was released in April on Actes Sud Musicales. The companion work on the disc is Debussy's early Premiere Suite, written when the composer was still studying at the Paris Conservatoire. Further information from Les Siecles' website, and you can hear them in Debussy on YouTube.

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