PORTRAITS of MUSICIANS
The musicians of Le Cercle de l’Harmonie were trained in the leading conservatories offering classes in performance on period instruments, such as those of The Hague, Basel and Paris. They are for the most part heirs to the performing revolution initiated in the middle of the twentieth century by the great theorists Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt. They are representative of a recent shift affecting the musical world, trained in modern techniques and convinced of the necessity of using period instruments to defend a certain type of repertory, that championed by Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie also incorporates musicians from the Philharmonia and the London Symphony Orchestra. They are all united in the conviction that it is by using the instruments for which composers wrote and conceived their works that we will be able to rediscover their authenticity and their spirit, upholding the idea of the relationship between text and musical texture. Their extremely high technical standards provide Le Cercle de l’Harmonie with the means to fulfil its ambitions. Their constant practice of opera and the attention they have paid to singers has endowed them with great flexibility, enabling them to approach the symphonic repertory with new qualities of freedom and inventiveness.
It is with such constantly renewed and revitalised passion that they aim to present themselves before the public, in the hope of transmitting their love for this century of music.