In the 1780s, Paris was unquestionably considered the epicenter of instrumental music in Europe. An internationally renowned concert organization, the Concert Spirituel played an essential role in the reputation of the capital. Haydn’s group of 6 “Parisian Symphonies” mixes gravity and fantasy, solemnity and humor. They were written in 1785 and 1786 for the Concerts de la Loge Olympique in Paris – a Masonic society with one of the best orchestras in Europe – and quickly won the favor of the Parisian public. Les Arts Florissants launched a concert cycle presenting the complete Parisian Symphonies. Here William Christie invites the young violin virtuoso Théotime Langlois de Swarte to perform and conduct the Violin Concerto No. 1.