François-Xavier Roth and the Orchestra Les Siècles for the first time in the Philharmonie
Source: Musikfest Berlin
François-Xavier Roth and the Orchestra Les Siècles for the first time in the Philharmonie – with Tabea Zimmermann as soloist
“Instrumentation is to music precisely what colour is to painting.”
Founded in 2003 by the conductor François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles is one of the few orchestras to use both historical and modern instruments, according to the period in which the performed works were written. Guests for the first time at the Musikfest Berlin and playing for the first time in the Philharmonie, their contribution to the Berlioz Year 2019 is the performance of the French composer’s symphony in four parts with concert viola, “Harold en Italie”, on French instruments from the mid-19th century. Tabea Zimmermann will play the solo part on viola. After the performance of Berlioz’s opera “Benvenuto Cellini” by the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the opening of the Musikfest Berlin on 31 August, at this concert romantic-period music will again be performed on contemporary instruments. However, historical instruments from the period around 1750 can also be heard in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes” and modern instruments in the performance of Helmut Lachenmann’s “Mouvement (– vor der Erstarrung)”.
15 September 2019