Les Siècles are happy to be invited at one of the most important classical music festival in the world : the BBC Proms in London. See you on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:30 pm in the mythical Royal Albert Hall for a programm about exoticism in French music.

SAINT-SAËNS, La princesse jaune – ouverture
DELIBES, Lakmé – ballet
SAINT-SAËNS, Concerto pour piano n°5
FRANCK, Les Djinns
LALO, Namouna
Danse marocaine
Parades de foires et danse de Namouna
Fête foraine
Thème varié
SAINT-SAËNS, Samson et Dalila “Bacchanale”

Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth, direction
Cédric Tiberghien, piano

Les Siècles and Cédric Tiberghien present a travel accross mystified Orient, from Lakmé‘s luxuriant India to Namouna‘s Corfu island, passing by Louqsor where Saint-Saëns creates his Piano concerto no.5, Egyptian. They reveal tormented passions in Samson et Dalila and supernatural strenghts in Franck’s Les Djinns.

The full concert recording is available on BBC website.

Press review 

Seen and Heard International – Geoff Diggines 
The encore was actually in the form of a Latin-American number; ‘Get Lucky!’ scored for the French duo, Daft Punk, arranged for Les Siècles by the conductor’s son Felix. He might as well have just said ‘now for something completely different’. And indeed it had nothing to do with the main concert themes. But it was great fun, with wild rhythms, demonstrating once again the enormous range of Les SièclesAltogether an amazing and unforgettable Prom. »

The Telegraph– John Allison 
But what happens when a whole programme, as in this Prom’s exploration of late 19th-century French exoticism, is all about sound? François-Xavier Roth and his versatile orchestra Les Siècles are far too instinctively musical for that to be a problem, and here every instrument became a means to a revelatory end rather than an end in itself. »

The Times– Richard Morrison 
And in the hands of these virtuosic players, music hardly heard in concerts today — ballet music by Delibes and Lalo, or a rare Franck poème symphonique called Les Djinns — sounded as fresh and atmospheric as it must have done to Parisian audiences in the 1880s.»

The Prickle 
A class act from beginning to end, Les Siècles sure know how to put on a show. Vive La France!»

Classical Iconoclast 
«Adventures in exotic worlds ! A vibrant Prom, with François-Xavier Roth, Cédric Tiberghien, and Les Siècles, in an unusually stimulating programme of music by Saint-Saëns  Délibes, Lalo, and César Franck.»

Classical source – Colin Anderson 
This Prom was a djinns-and-tonic of a concert, served up fresh and fizzing.»

Bachtrack – Mark Pullinger 
From an Indian bazaar to the Arabian desert, from a voyage down the Nile on to biblical Gaza, it was a veritable travelogue for the musical gourmet, performed with Gallic panache.»



Wednesday, August 16th 7.30 pm 
London, Royal Albert Hall