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Alcina / Act 1 : Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Tornami a vagheggiar Danielle de Niese, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 04:33
Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 : Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Endless pleasure... Danielle de Niese, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 03:32
Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Trumpet Tune William Christie 00:46
Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Chaconne William Christie 03:29
Charpentier: Te Deum, H. 146: III. Te aeternum Patrem William Christie, Bertrand Bontoux, Jeffrey Thompson, Joao Fernandes 01:44
Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Song and Chorus. "Round Thy Coast" William Christie, Choeur des Arts Florissants, François Bazola, Susannah Waters 03:20
Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Ritornello. "Tis I That Have Warm'd Ye" - Chorus. "Tis Love That Has Warm'd Us" William Christie, Choeur des Arts Florissants, Susannah Waters 01:59
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III: Duet. "See, See the Flags" - Song. "Our Next Motion" (Sorceress, First Witch, Second Wi William Christie, Claire Brua, Sophie Daneman 01:41
Les Indes galantes, Nouvelle Entrée, Scène 6: Danse du Grand Calumet de la Paix (Danse des Sauvages) Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 02:01
Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Song. "Thou Doting Fool" William Christie, Susannah Waters 00:37

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Harpsichordist and conductor William Christie was born in Buffalo, New York, on December 19, 1944, and is renowned for restoring the French Baroque repertoire to its former glory. At the helm of Les Arts Florissants since 1979, the French-born Harvard and Yale graduate has exhumed or renovated works by Charpentier, Rameau and Lully, as well as the Bach family and Mozart, Handel and Purcell. Since his landmark performance of Lully's opera Atys in 1987, the Franco-American conductor has won acclaim at major festivals (Zürich, Glyndebourne) and led orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic. An Academician of Fine Arts, William Christie is also involved in training young singers with Le Jardin des Voix and in a heritage project with his Jardins de Thiré, in the Vendée. The compilation Le Baroque Français, released in 2016, brings together his greatest interpretations.