Les Talens Lyriques

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The French musical ensemble Les Talens Lyriques was created in Paris, France, in 1991 by the harpsichordist and orchestral conductor Christophe Rousset. This instrumental and vocal formation derives its name from the subtitle of Les fêtes d'Hébé (1739) an opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau.


The repertoire of Les Talens Lyriques extends from Monteverdi (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'Orfeo), Francesco Cavalli (La Didone and La Calisto) to Handel (Scipione, Riccardo Primo, Rinaldo, Admeto, Giulio Cesare, Serse, Arianna, Tamerlano, Ariodante, Semele and Alcina), taking in on the way Jean-Baptiste Lully (Persée, Roland, Bellérophon, Phaéton, Amadis and Armide), Henri Desmarets (Vénus et Adonis), Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (Les fêtes de Paphos), Cimarosa (Il Mercato di Malmantile, Il matrimonio segreto), Tommaso Traetta (Antigonaand Ippolito ed Aricia), Jommelli (Armida abbandonata), Martin y Soler (La capricciosa corretta, Il Tutore burlato), Mozart (Mitridate, Die Entführung aus dem Serail amd Cosi fan tutte), Salieri (La grotta di Trofonio, Les Danaïdes), Rameau (Zoroastre, Castor et Pollux, Les Indes galantes and Platée), Gluck (Bauci e Filemone) and Beethoven, and not forgetting Cherubini (Médée), García (Il Califfo di Bagdad), Berlioz, Massenet and Saint-Saëns.

The revival of such scores has gone hand in hand with close collaboration with stage directors and choreographers such as Pierre Audi, Jean-Marie Villégier, David McVicar, Éric Vigner, Ludovic Lagarde (fr), Mariame Clément (fr), Jean-Pierre Vincent (fr), Macha Makeïeff (fr), Laura Scozzi (fr), Marcial di Fonzo Bo (fr), Claus Guth (de), Robert Carsen and David Hermann.

In addition to the lyrical repertoire, the ensemble also explores other musical genres such as the madrigal, the cantata, the Air de cour, the symphony and the vast repertoire of sacred music (masses, motets, oratorios, Leçons de Ténèbres and much else), leading Les Talens Lyriques to perform everywhere in the world with forces varying from a handful of musicians to over sixty from all generations.

In the 2015-2016 season the music of France’s Grand Siècle will have pride of place with the presentation to audiences of Armide, one of Lully’s greatest masterpieces (Beaune, Philharmonie de Paris and Theater an der Wien), along with a programme in a more intimate style, “Musiciens de la chambre du Roi” with Judith van Wanroij, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Noels (Versailles and Gdansk) and the programme devoted to Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray, which will bring together two viola players alongside Christophe Rousset on the harpsichord. Among the season’s other highlights we can point to the revival for Viennese audiences at the Wiener Staatsoper of Gluck’s Alceste (Gluck) in Christof Loy’s staging, a collaborative programme with Ian Bostridge with performances of the great arias of the French and English Baroque (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra de Dijon), two new programmes with Ann Hallenberg (“Farinelli primo uomo assoluto” and “Cantates arcadiennes de Rome à Venise”), plus a tribute to Shakespeare (for the 400th anniversary of his death) with Maria Grazia Schiavo.

The discography of Les Talens Lyriques comprises around forty titles on numerous labels: Erato, Fnac Music, Auvidis, Decca, Naïve, Ambroisie, Virgin Classics and now Aparté. The ensemble is also responsible for the much-acclaimed soundtrack of the film Farinelli (film) (1994).

Since 2007 Les Talens Lyriques have been devoting some of their time to introducing secondary school pupils to the world of music with a programme of workshops and teaching residencies, leading a practical orchestral class and, from 2014, developing new and innovative technological resources designed to help young people discover and appreciate the Baroque repertoire.

Les Talens Lyriques have the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the City of Paris. They also enjoy that of the Patrons Circle and the Annenberg Foundation / GRoW – Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten.[citation needed]

Les Talens Lyriques are founding members of FEVIS and PROFEDIM.


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  1. ^ "Discographie - Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset.". www.lestalenslyriques.com. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 

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