The Ensemble Aedes and Les Siècles offers a glimpse of the transition period between the last Romanticism period and the emergence of the “modern” style through Poulenc and Debussy’s work and via the extraordinary Fauré Requiem.
Les Siècles takes back the Ballets Russes on period instruments in China and Japan with the only three ballets choregraphed by Nijinsky: the Debussy’s Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune, and Jeux; and the Stravinsky Rite of Spring. The orchestra will also perform works choregraphed by his sister, Nijinska.
François-Xavier Roth, direction
Compagnie Ligne de sorcière
Dominique Brun, reconstitution et re-création chorégraphique
Les Siècles have the pleasure to collaborate with the famous viola player Tabea Zimmerman for a series of concerts in France and Germany. They will put into perspective Berlioz’s essential Harold en Italie with Franck’s Symphony in D minor, and Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony.
In April 1917, between Soissons, Laon and Reims, burst the battle of the Chemin des Dames. On this broad plain, a huge bloodshed took place, leaving more than 300 000 fatalities in seven months-time. Within the Ensemble Orchestral de la Cité, Les Siècles and instrument teachers from conservatoires of the Aisne will commemorate its centenary with a creation by Edith Canat de Chizy, Le Front de l’Aube. The program also includes another work by the composer, named Ce ne sont pas des fleurs, as well as Schubert’s 6th Symphony and the String Adagio by Barber.
Soin particulier porté aux couleurs et aux timbres, développement proliférant du matériau, fascination pour les poètes symbolistes : les similitudes sont nombreuses entre Claude Debussy et Pierre Boulez, plaçant indubitablement le second dans l’héritage du premier.
Composer in residence at Les Siècles, Arnaud Petit presents I.D., his technological opera, on October 20th and 21st at the Théâtre de l’Idéal in Tourcoing. A mental, interrogative and memorial exploration.
On the 7th October, Les Siècles will be back at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam a legendary hall known for its acoustics as well as for the conductors and the orchestras who succeeded one another.
With François-Xavier Roth conducting, you will be presented a program showing Napoleon’s strong influence on some composers among his contemporaries.
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.
At the turn of the 19th century, Paris hosted composers from all Europe, notably the young Romanian prodigy Georges Enescu. Trained by Fauré and Gedalge – like Ravel was – he built his own language, between folkloric music and eastern traditions. At that time, the Parisian audience was overjoyed with romanticism with Saint-Saëns’ compositions, and gradually opened to modern languages, such as that of the unclassifiable Debussy.
Meet The Siècles at Berlioz festival, one of the most important summer classical music festival. This year, the topic is “Berlioz in London at the time of Universal Exhibitions”. From august 18th to september 3rd at La Côte-Saint-André (Isère, France).
Born of the collaboration between Bruno Messina (the director of the Festival Berlioz) and the conductor François-Xavier Roth, the Jeune Orchestre Européen Hector Berlioz (JOEHB) is an original formation, uniting some musicians of Les Siècles and young musicians from the best European conservatories. After two summer traineeships directed by musiciens of Les Siècles, the JOEHB presents the Shakespearian concert, imagined by Berlioz, on Saturday, August 19th at the Berlioz Festival (La Côte-Saint-André, Isère).