Les Talens Lyriques is one of the premiere French Baroque ensembles of the world. Since it was established in 1991, they’ve performed across Europe, Asia and the United States. On Oct. 11, the group finally comes to Los Angeles in a special, one-night-only concert at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School. Before you go, here are four facts to know about the group and the performance!
What’s In A Name…
The group’s name itself pays homage to Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Les Fêtes d’Hébé, ou Les talens lyriques. Translated in English to “The Lyric Talents,” the opera explores the impact of the arts, focusing on poetry, music and dance. It was first performed at Académie Royale de Musique in Paris in 1739 to great acclaim. Like the opera, Les Talens Lyriques also surveys multiple forms of high art.
The founder of the group, Christophe Rousset, is an internationally renowned harpsichordist and baroque specialist. He created Les Talens Lyriques in 1991 to “obtain a perfect grasp of the richness and diversity of the Baroque, Classical and pre-Romantic repertoires,” according to its website. In addition to his work with the baroque ensemble, Rousset has conducted at opera houses across the globe, including Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Les Talens Lyriques doesn’t only perform operas. In addition, the group performs madrigals, cantatas, air de cour and symphonies, not to mention the many types of sacred music they play — including masses, motets, oratorios and more.
Works of Couperin
The ensemble stays true to their roots in their Los Angeles concert with a performance of the works of composer François Couperin. As one of the greatest masters of French Baroque music, the performance will explore the lighter and darker shades of Couperin’s delicately beautiful music. The selections include chamber pieces, music for harpsichord, and the transcendent Leçons de Ténèbres du Mercredi Saint.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.