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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.

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The playing of Les Talens Lyriques is a model of clarity, vitality and theatrical wit

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Siobhan Stagg has a wonderfully warm and expressive voice, and an easy grace and naturalness about everything she does

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  • Lully
    Ah, Rinaldo, dove sei?
    Leclair
    Deuxième Récréation de musique, op 8 (Excerpts)
    Montéclair
    La Morte di Lucretia
    Scarlatti
    L’Arianna
    Handel
    Trio Sonata in G major, op 5 no 4, HWV399 (Excerpts)
    Handel
    Notte placida e cheta, HWV142
  • Les Talens Lyriques 
    Director & Harpsichord
    Christophe Rousset
    Soprano
    Siobhan Stagg