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    Les Siècles

    François-Xavier Roth | direction
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux | contralto
    Andrew Staples | tenor

    A programme of two diverse halves featuring Les Siècles performing Rameau, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Andrew Staples.

    Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux © Manuel Cohen
    Andrew Staples
    Andrew Staples © DR
    François-Xavier Roth
    François-Xavier Roth © Mark Allen

    Rameau  Les Indes galantes, Orchestra Suites 
    Mahler  Das Lied von der Erde

    Rameau was not only a hugely gifted harpsichordist and opera composer but also an accomplished symphony writer. One of his talents was his dazzling and innovative use of woodwind and wind instruments,  considered by some to herald the symphonic poem genre of the Romantic era. As keen players of period instruments, Les Siècles should thoroughly enjoy it. In the second half we have Das Lied von der Erde, one of the most famous and deeply moving works by Mahler. For almost two years, Mahler kept the unfinished score of Das Lied von der Erde in a drawer. This work probably affected him so deeply that he could not bring himself to finish it. Mahler died in 1911 and Bruno Walter conducted it a few months later in Berlin at a memorial concert. Few posthumous works have been such a resounding success. The voices of the two soloists are treated like instruments in their own right, thus creating a perfect balance between the purity of the singing and the power of the orchestra. 

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Les Siècles