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Les Arts Florissants

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Se da sì nobil mano: II. Amor, pace non chero Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew 01:27
Cor mio, deh, non piangete: I. Cor mio, deh, non piangete Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew 01:25
Les Indes galantes, Nouvelle Entrée, Scène 6: Danse du Grand Calumet de la Paix (Danse des Sauvages) Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 02:01
Mass in B minor, BWV 232, Part I, Kyrie, Gloria: Christe eleison Les Arts Florissants, Les Arts Florissants, Katherine Watson, Tim Mead and William Christie, Katherine Watson, Tim Mead 04:53
Les Indes galantes, Deuxième Entrée, Scène 5: Fête du Soleil - "Soleil, on a détruit" (Huascar) Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Bernard Deletré 02:19
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act II: Chorus "Now join your warbling voices all, Sing while we trip it" - Dance of Fairies Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 02:55
Airs, à deux et trois parties: Ah, que vous êtes heureux ! Les Arts Florissants, Emmanuelle De Negri, William Christie 02:11
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act II: Entrance of Mystery "I am come to lock all fast" Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 00:52
Giulio Cesare / Act 3 : Handel: Giulio Cesare / Act 3 - "Da tempeste il legno infranto" Danielle de Niese, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 06:16
Alcina / Act 1 : Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Tornami a vagheggiar Danielle de Niese, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 04:33

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L'Orfeo, SV 318: Toccata (Live)
L'Orfeo, SV 318, Prologue: Dal mio permesso amato (Live)
L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act I: In questo lieto e fortunato giorno (Live)
L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act I: Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni (Live)

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Founded in Caen, France in 1979 by harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, Les Arts Florissants has established itself through recordings and performances as one of the most important baroque music ensembles of its time. Based at the Théâtre de Caen, the ensemble takes its name from the opera composed in 1685 by Marc-Antoine Charpenter and specializes in the interpreting 18th century works on period instruments.  Founder William Christie was born December 19, 1944 in Buffalo, New York. He attended Yale University in 1966, where he studied harpsichord under Ralph Kirkpatrick. In 1970, in protest of the Vietnam War, he moved to France. He became known for interpreting baroque music as well as contemporary baroque with the Ensemble Five Centuries. He then formed Les Arts Florissants in ’79. Comprised of instrumental and vocal formations, Les Arts Florissants has, over time, included renowned musicians and singers including Monique Zanetti, Sophie Daneman, Sandrine Piau, Guillemette Laurens, Agnès Mellon, Mark Padmore, Dominique Visse, Jean-Paul Fauchécourt, Véronique Gens, Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri, Patricia Petibon, Ian Bostridge or Sophie Karthäuser. Les Arts Florissants has released over a hundred recordings of sacred music or operas, including works by Charpentier, Rameau, Lully, Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, and lesser-known composers such as Luigi Rossi , André Campra, Montéclair, Clérambault, Delalande, Mondonville or Landi. In 2004, the choir received the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for choral singing, awarded in partnership with the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The year 2013 saw the creation of the Les Arts Florissants label, after a long collaboration with the Harmonia Mundi, Virgin Classics and Erato labels. Their large catalog of releases includes Madrigaux des VIIe et VIIIe livres (1981), The Fairy Queen (1989), Orfeo (1991), Petits Motets (1997), Mozart: Great Mass in C minor K. 427 (1999), and their 40th Anniversary release Les Arts Florissants: 40 Ans.