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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | | 90 min | 4,93 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch | Recorded: 2019

André Grétry's Richard Coeur de Lion, or Richard the Lionhearted, lay neglected until 2019 when a production by the Opéra Royal de Versailles was mounted. This album is taken from that performance, and it's very well recorded indeed. The opera was quite well known in its time and was even performed in the young U.S. (in Boston, in 1796), and it's a great find, a real crowd-pleaser as much today as at the end of the 18th century. The story is based on a probably imaginary tale of an episode during Richard's return from the Crusades, when he was imprisoned in Linz, Austria.

Hervé Niquet & Le Concert Spirituel - Boismortier: Don Quichotte Chez La Duchesse (2022)

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Hervé Niquet & Le Concert Spirituel - Boismortier: Don Quichotte Chez La Duchesse (2022)

Hervé Niquet & Le Concert Spirituel - Boismortier: Don Quichotte Chez La Duchesse (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 379 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 151 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:13
Classical, Opera | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles

In 1743, two years before Rameau's Platee, Boismortier created an extraordinarily modern and madcap "comic ballet", Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse. As the exuberant plot unfurls, Cervantes' hero encounters monsters, enchanters, princesses and people from Japan, making for plenty of offbeat and audacious dances and choruses. Musical beauty rubs shoulders with satirical and irreverent comedy. A choice work for Herve Niquet, who leads his Concert Spirituel with unparalleled energy!

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 395 Mb | Total time: 73:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS028 | Recorded: 2019

André Grétry's Richard Coeur de Lion, or Richard the Lionhearted, lay neglected until 2019 when a production by the Opéra Royal de Versailles was mounted. This album is taken from that performance, and it's very well recorded indeed. The opera was quite well known in its time and was even performed in the young U.S. (in Boston, in 1796), and it's a great find, a real crowd-pleaser as much today as at the end of the 18th century. The story is based on a probably imaginary tale of an episode during Richard's return from the Crusades, when he was imprisoned in Linz, Austria. A trouvère singer named Blondel who serves the king realizes his predicament, sneaks into the prison disguised as a blind fiddler, and touches off an action-packed sequence of events with a romance involving the prison governor, a grand party, and a visiting Flemish countess whose troops rescue Richard in the end.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (2014)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (2014)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 621 Mb | Total time: 53:53+60:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 921629 | Recorded: 2014

The latest in Hervé Niquet's 'reinvigorations' of French operatic music from the Baroque and beyond for Glossa is Rameau’s 1747 'Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour'. A ballet heroïque in a prologue and three entrées, the whole work was designed to comprise a complete theatrical spectacle. Music for dancing – as befits a ballet – is given a prominent role and Rameau is able to create especially expressive symphonies and to give the choruses – even a double-chorus – an integral role in the action. Added to this are supernatural effects, and plots for the entrées which explored the then uncommon world of Egyptian mythology (including a musical depiction of the flooding of the River Nile).

Le Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Handel: Coronation Anthems (2022)

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Le Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Handel: Coronation Anthems (2022)

Le Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Handel: Coronation Anthems (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 335 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 162 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:55
Classical, Choral | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

‘Well, what a surprise – a divine surprise! I have delighted in immersing myself in the world of Handel for more than forty years now. But I must admit that I experienced yet another lesson in strength and joy when I toured and recorded the Dettingen Te Deum and the Coronation Anthems ’, says Hervé Niquet. As a lover of large orchestral formations, he has assembled a number of instrumentalists and singers close to the (gigantic) forces used at the premiere, with a large band of oboes, bassoons and trumpets, and assigned the solo arias to the entire ‘chapel’. Niquet speaks of ‘the glittering power of this ceremonial music concocted by a Handel conscious of placing the best of his genius at the service of the crown and of history’, and he in turn invests all his enthusiasm and expressiveness in these works combining ‘grace and strength’. Fans of Champions League football will recognise in Zadok the Priest the theme of that competition’s anthem!

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 3: Te Deum; Motet "Diligam te, Domine" (1990)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 3: Te Deum; Motet "Diligam te, Domine" (1990)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 3: Te Deum; Motet "Diligam Te, Domine" (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 56:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Adda | # 581221 | Recorded: 1990

After receiving his musical training as a choirboy at the Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur at Aix-en-Provence, he succeeded his teacher Guillaume Poitevin as music master there. After moving on several times, he became music master at the Cathedral of St Etienne at Toulouse in 1697, as the successor of Andre Campra. His musical style was influenced by Campra, as were most musicians of his day. He composed motets and a famous requiem, which was performed for the first time at his own funeral (because the original commissioner thought it too expensive to perform), but was later sung at the funeral services for the King of Poland in 1736, Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1764, and Louis XV in 1774. His motets were played frequently from 1728-1771 at the Concert Spirituel.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 2: Requiem; Motet "Beatus quem elegisti" (1989)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 2: Requiem; Motet "Beatus quem elegisti" (1989)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 2: Requiem; Motet "Beatus quem elegisti" (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 64:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Adda | # 581175 | Recorded: 1989

After receiving his musical training as a choirboy at the Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur at Aix-en-Provence, he succeeded his teacher Guillaume Poitevin as music master there. After moving on several times, he became music master at the Cathedral of St Etienne at Toulouse in 1697, as the successor of Andre Campra. His musical style was influenced by Campra, as were most musicians of his day. He composed motets and a famous requiem, which was performed for the first time at his own funeral (because the original commissioner thought it too expensive to perform), but was later sung at the funeral services for the King of Poland in 1736, Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1764, and Louis XV in 1774. His motets were played frequently from 1728-1771 at the Concert Spirituel.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 1: Motet à St Jean Baptiste; Trois Lamentations (1989)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 1: Motet à St Jean Baptiste; Trois Lamentations (1989)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean Gilles, Volume 1: Motet à St Jean Baptiste; Trois Lamentations (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 58:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Adda | # 581119 | Recorded: 1988

After receiving his musical training as a choirboy at the Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur at Aix-en-Provence, he succeeded his teacher Guillaume Poitevin as music master there. After moving on several times, he became music master at the Cathedral of St Etienne at Toulouse in 1697, as the successor of Andre Campra. His musical style was influenced by Campra, as were most musicians of his day. He composed motets and a famous requiem, which was performed for the first time at his own funeral (because the original commissioner thought it too expensive to perform), but was later sung at the funeral services for the King of Poland in 1736, Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1764, and Louis XV in 1774. His motets were played frequently from 1728-1771 at the Concert Spirituel.

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra - Camille Saint-Saëns: Music for the Prix de Rome (2011)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra - Camille Saint-Saëns: Music for the Prix de Rome (2011)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Camille Saint-Saëns: Music for the Prix de Rome (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 500 Mb | Total time: 57:44+56:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 922210 | Recorded: 2010

Camille Saint-Saëns and the Prix de Rome… surely a strange bringing together of ideas, given that the composer never gained that coveted award and consequently never took up residence in the famous Villa Medici? All the same, Saint-Saëns entered the competition on two separate occasions and, peculiarly in the history of the competition, twelve years apart: firstly in 1852 and then in 1864. On the first occasion he was still an adolescent, devoted to worshipping the memory of the great Mendelssohn; behind him, by the time of the second occasion, were already a number of his masterpieces later to be confirmed by posterity – and he had become acquainted with Verdi and had also discovered Wagner.

Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor - Francis Poulenc: Stabat Mater; Alfred Desenclos: Requiem (2019)

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Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor - Francis Poulenc: Stabat Mater; Alfred Desenclos: Requiem (2019)

Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor - Francis Poulenc: Stabat Mater; Alfred Desenclos: Requiem (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 60:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Evil Penguin | # EPRC 0032 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

On the final instalment of its Requiem series, the Flemish Radio Choir tackles Poulenc’s iconic Stabat Mater (1950) and Alfred Desenclos’ Requiem (1963), stunning works which steer clear of the typical Requiem horrors to convey a message of hope. Teaming up with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir and its acclaimed director Hervé Niquet extract the emotional and rhetorical essence of music which is eminently French, unusually tender, and delicately majestic.

Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)

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Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)

Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 81:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296676253 | Recorded: 2020

Shani Diluka releases a great project dedicated to Marcel Proust and composers he loved, to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of his birth in 2021 and the 100-year anniversary of his death in 2022. It features Reynaldo Hahn's rarely played Piano Concerto and works by Fauré, Gluck, Massenet, R. Strauss, and Debussy. The album is recorded with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Hervé Niquet. The Proust album features Pierre Fouchenneret (violin), Natalie Dessay (soprano), and Guillaume Gallienne (narrator, from the Comédie Francaise).

Orchestre de l'opéra de Rouen Normandie, Chœur du Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Saint-Saëns: Phryné (2022)

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Orchestre de l'opéra de Rouen Normandie, Chœur du Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Saint-Saëns: Phryné (2022)

Orchestre de l'opéra de Rouen Normandie, Chœur du Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Saint-Saëns: Phryné (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 284 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:29
Classical, Opera | Label: Bru Zane

To mark the centenary of the death of Camille Saint-Saëns, the Palazzetto Bru Zane offers a chance to discover one of his most performed and admired operas in his lifetime, presented here in a rare version. Completed in 1893 and premiered the same year at the Opéra-Comique, the piece amusingly recounts the love affair between Nicias and Phryné, who dupes the old archon Dicephilus in order to avenge his cruelty. Its witty melodies and delightful orchestration made the opera an immediate success in Paris and then throughout France. It was enriched with recitatives composed by André Messager in 1896 to promote its career in theatres abroad. Hervé Niquet’s dashing interpretation brings out to the full the qualities of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie and the Chœur du Concert Spirituel, thus providing a sparkling backdrop for the virtuosic soprano voice of Florie Valiquette, the refined lyricism of the tenor Cyrille Dubois and the vocal authority of Thomas Dolié’s baritone.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel ‎- George Frideric Handel: Water Music & Fireworks (2003)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel ‎- George Frideric Handel: Water Music & Fireworks (2003)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel ‎- George Frideric Handel: Water Music & Fireworks (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 64:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCDSA 921616 | Recorded: 2002

After half a century of musicological, organological and scientific investigation, the different guidelines we use for interpreting the Baroque repertoire have become very precise. If so, why are we still suspicious of the results of these investigations? It has been the intention of the hundred (!!!) musicians gathered here for the performance of the Water Music and Fireworks suites, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Le Concert Spirituel, to put into practice, without any concessions, what they know of these early techniques, each one according to his or her field of specialization. […] The sound is unusual in its colours and its energy; some ears, unaccostumed to meantone temperament, can expect to be surprised.

Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry: Andromaque (2010)

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Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry: Andromaque (2010)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Andromaque (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 469 Mb | Total time: 34:40+54:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921620 | Recorded: 2010

Working in collaboration with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and the Palazzetto Bru Zane (Centre de Musique Romantique Française), Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel carry on with their journey of rediscovering forgotten operatic works, this time pitting themselves against music from the close of the Age of Enlightenment, in Andromaque (1778), the single tragédie lyrique written by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741- 1813). Known above all for his light opéras- comiques, at the end of his career the composer turned towards an increasingly heroic style in the vein of Méhul and Cherubini.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Hector Berlioz: Messe solennelle (2020)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Hector Berlioz: Messe solennelle (2020)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Hector Berlioz: Messe solennelle (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 51:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # Alpha 564 | Recorded: 2019

Composed in 1824 by Hector Berlioz at the age of twenty-one and premiered at the church of Saint-Roch in Paris in 1825, the Messe solennelle has come down to us following an eventful history. After Berlioz declared that he had destroyed the score, the mass was considered lost until it was rediscovered in Antwerp in 1992. This remarkable work helps us both to appreciate the development of Berlioz’s style – already revolutionary in his early years – and to understand what he owed to his contemporaries, notably Cherubini, whose monumental Requiem Hervé Niquet has already recorded (Alpha 251).