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Symphonic Music - To be released March 15, 2019 | London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Symphonic Music - Released December 7, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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The originality of this recording (which presents works that are, in fact, rather common) comes from the orchestra Les Siècles playing on periodic instruments, in this case from the period in which Debussy wrote these masterpieces. This is particularly relevant for woodwinds and brass, whose mechanisms and sounds around 1900 were very different - more incisive perhaps, and undoubtedly more differentiated - which for music like Debussy's offers a real plus in the orchestral balance. Moreover, the number of strings remains reasonable, this way the woodwind is never swallowed up as it often is with large international orchestras. The listener will be able to hear this music as Debussy heard it, or at least how he would have liked to have heard it because in his time orchestras and conductors did not always have a clear understanding of his style or the infinite colours on his palette. © SM/Qobuz
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Ballets - Released November 2, 2018 | H.M. Chapel Music

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Symphonic Music - Released October 11, 2018 | Pangal Music

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Symphonic Music - Released August 31, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Symphonic Music - Released August 3, 2018 | Pangal Music

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Symphonic Music - Released June 1, 2018 | LPO

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Symphonic Music - Released April 13, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Recording Ravel's music on period instruments is the kind of thing that might raise a smile... until you realise just how much the production of instruments has changed in less than a hundred years: it's the return of catgut strings, skin drum heads, the French basson (and not the German system bassoon which is used across all the world's orchestras today), shaper tips, trumpets and trombones of French manufacture. At the head of his orchestra Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth gives a new, orthodox, historically-informed version of Ma Mère l’oye (complete ballet), the Tombeau de Couperin and Shéhérazade, the long-neglected "ouverture de féérie" [Fairy Overture] which is pure Ravel. This return to the roots is clearly easier and more straightforwardly authentic for this period of music history, because, unlike earlier works, we possess recordings which date back to the 1920s, and even earlier, which can tell us about the style, the colours, the phrasing and the tempo. But it isn't enough just to have all this historical information to hand to make something interesting. What makes this record thrilling is that all the musicians in the Siècles are excellent, and François-Xavier Roth is a talented artist himself, who knows this music inside out. At which point, his complete recording of Stravinsky's Firebird has already struck us with its quality. This rediscovery of Ravel resounds with clarity and finesse; it is a feast of well-defined timbres which cuts against the "beautiful sound" which prevails in orchestras around the world today. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symphonic Music - Released December 15, 2017 | Musical Concepts

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Symphonic Music - Released December 8, 2017 | naïve classique

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Symphonies - Released November 24, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Symphonic Music - Released October 24, 2017 | Indésens

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Symphonic Music - Released September 1, 2017 | LPO

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Symphonic Music - Released June 16, 2017 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

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Symphonic Music - Released June 16, 2017 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

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Symphonies - Released March 31, 2017 | Berlin Classics

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Symphonic Music - Released March 24, 2017 | Phi

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Symphonic Music - Released March 14, 2017 | NoMadMusic

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Symphonic Music - Released March 14, 2017 | NoMadMusic

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Symphonic Music - Released February 24, 2017 | Gramophone Records

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