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As a child visiting Paris, Christophe Rousset demanded to be taken to the gorgeous Baroque palace and gardens of Versailles, now a byword for lavish ornamentation and luxurious decorative arts. It was the beginning of a brilliant career, and the inspiration for what has become his life’s work in the music of this era, first as a prodigious harpsichordist and then, since 1991, as the leader of his own extraordinary ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques.
To experience their performance is to understand why the French gave us so many words like ‘élan’ and ‘panache’ – words which equally describe the stunning virtuosity of Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg, their featured soloist on this tour.
“The playing of Les Talens Lyriques is a model of clarity, vitality and theatrical wit.” Gramophone
“Siobhan Stagg has a wonderfully warm and expressive voice, and an easy grace and naturalness about everything she does.” WWT News Chicago
Les Talens Lyriques
Director and Harpsichord Christophe Rousset
Soprano Siobhan Stagg
Lully Ah, Rinaldo, dove sei?
Leclair Deuxième Récréation de musique, op 8 (Excerpts)
Montéclair La Morte di Lucretia
Handel Trio Sonata in G major, op 5 no 4, HWV399 (Excerpts)
Handel Notte placida e cheta, HWV142
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