Orchestra of the Year Award nominee: Les Siècles

Gramophone Orchestra of the Year

Gramophone Orchestra of the Year

The French took a while to embrace period-performance practice, and it took the American William Christie to show them the – very stylish – way, but a generation or two on and François-Xavier Roth founded his group Les Siècles in 2003, drawing on a huge pool of talented players, to reinvent the orchestral concert and to tackle a wide range of music from the Baroque to the 20th century. Their recordings of the Stravinsky ballets opened many ears and this year saw them tackle some more Diaghilev-inspired fare, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with a follow-up of shorter Ravel works including Le tombeau de Couperin, equally successfully and innovative. They also partnered Sabine Devieilhe with consummate style and a breathtaking range of colour on her lovely recital, ‘Mirages’.

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François-Xavier Roth says, 'vote for Les Siècles!':

Orchestra of the Year 2018: the nominees

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Il Pomo d'Oro

Les Siècles

Seattle Symphony

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

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A final word from Les Siècles...

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