Les Indes galantes, Barbican, London

By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 5 November 2008]

The period instrument groups are on the brink of middle age. Like many of its rivals, Les Arts Florissants was conceived in the heady days at the end of the 1970s when the period performance movement was young and ambitious and seemed ready to conquer the world, as it began to venture out of its early music enclave.