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The ensemble Les Talens Lyriques was founded twenty-five years ago by harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset. This instrumental and vocal formation owes its name to the subtitle of an opera by Rameau: Les Fêtes d’Hébé.
Proponents of a broad vocal and instrumental repertoire ranging from Early Baroque to emerging Romanticism, the musicians of Les Talens Lyriques endeavour to throw light on the great masterpieces of musical history, providing perspective by presenting rarer or little known works important as missing links in the chain of European musical heritage. This musicological and editorial work is a priority for the ensemble, leading to its great success with audiences and critics alike.
Les Talens Lyriques range from Monteverdi toHandel and Lully, taking in on the way Mozart, Salieri, Gluck and Beethoven, as well Berlioz,Massenet and Saint-Saëns and other authors. The recreation of these works goes hand in hand with close collaboration with prominent stage directors and choreographers.
Alongside the lyrical repertoire, Les Talens Lyriques also explore other musical genres such as the madrigal, the cantata, the symphony and the vast corpus of sacred music.
Les Talens Lyriques are involved in this way with performances around the world in formations varying from a handful to over sixty musicians representing every generation.
Les Talens Lyriques have also been working in schools of the Greater Paris area. They introduce young secondary school pupils to music with an ambitious programme of artistic actions and innovative teaching initiatives.
The programme “Bach et la France” is amusical dialogue between Germany and France.