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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1998)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1998)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 68:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 61526 2 | Recorded: 1992

… Niquet casts the three surviving grands motets from strength, with the likes of Stephan Imbodem and Véronique Gens among his other soloists. His conducting is alert, rhythmically buoyant, and attentive to both musical and word values, as the multi-tempo hurdles of “Converte, Domine” show. Details are never lost, but neither is momentum. The choral and orchestral work of Le Concert Spirituel is first-rate, with a precision that doesn’t rule out a refined color palette.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 3 (1996)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 3 (1996)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum, Mass, Motets, Canticum Zachariae (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.553175 | Recorded: 1996

The Canticum Zachariae dates from 1687, and its lovely six-part Benedictus shows Charpentier in characteristically fluent lyrical and contrapuntal form. The four-part Mass—the first of the composer’s eleven settings—which opens simply, extends to six voices in the Sanctus, with the spirited Hosanna extended to double choir. But it is the short Agnus Dei, serenely beautiful, that haunts the memory.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 2 - Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 61:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553174 | Recorded: 1995

This release offers a liturgical reconstruction of the Vespers office. The five Vesper psalms and Magnificat belong to different periods in Charpentier's life and the six antiphons are by his organist-composer contemporary, Nivers. The reconstruction works well and Le Concert Spirituel, under Hervé Niquet, demonstrates its rapport with Charpentier's music. The vocal sound is fresh and the wide range of musical Affekt shows off a greater diversity of tonal colour.

Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Charles Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)

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Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Charles Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)

Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Charles Gounod: Le Tribut de Zamora (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 753 Mb | Total time: 73:44+67:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # BZ1033 | Recorded: 2018

After Polyeucte (1878), Gounod tackled the operatic genre for the last time in 1881 with what is probably his most ambitious work, Le Tribut de Zamora. The action takes place in ninth-century Spain – from Act Two onwards, on ‘a picturesque site on the banks of the Guadalquivir before Córdoba’. Here Gounod – finally noted more for his neoclassical pastiches (Le Médecin malgré lui and Cinq-Mars) and his ardent Romanticism (Faust and Roméo et Juliette) – was given an opportunity to display his talents as an orchestrator and colourist in an exotic setting. He produced an epic in the tradition of French grand opéra, with numerous ensembles and showpiece airs.

Hervé Niquet, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Jules Massenet: Songs with Orchestra (2022)

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Hervé Niquet, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Jules Massenet: Songs with Orchestra (2022)

Hervé Niquet, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris - Jules Massenet: Songs with Orchestra (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 66:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # BZ 2004 | Recorded: 2020

Massenet was not only the composer of Manon and Werther. In the shadow of his stage works slumber many mélodies decked out in subtle and delicate orchestrations, which we are delighted to revive here. These previously unrecorded works have been entrusted to a team of first-rate artists, most of them fervent champions of French poetry and its musical settings.

Hervé Niquet, Joseph Swensen - Marie Jaëll: Musique symphonique; Musique pour piano (2016)

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Hervé Niquet, Joseph Swensen - Marie Jaëll: Musique symphonique; Musique pour piano (2016)

Hervé Niquet, Joseph Swensen - Marie Jaëll: Musique symphonique; Musique pour piano (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 624 Mb | Total time: 55:16+58:24+59:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bru Zane | # ES1022RSK | Recorded: 2012, 2014, 2015

Marie Jaëll probably represents the most authoritative and accomplished expression of the nineteenth century woman musician. In spite of her coming from the provinces and despite the heavy social restrictions imposed on artists of her gender, she nonetheless succeeded in being recognized as a virtuoso, a composer and as a teacher. Support from her husband – the Austrian pianist Alfred Jaëll – greatly contributed to the positive reception of her initial works for the piano, but it was by herself, armed with her talent and her resolve in the latter part of her life, that she faced up to the Parisian hurly-burly in which she proved herself to be one of its distinctive figures.

Hervé Niquet, Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Fromental Halévy: La Reine de Chypre (2018)

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Hervé Niquet, Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Fromental Halévy: La Reine de Chypre (2018)

Hervé Niquet, Orchestre de chambre de Paris - Fromental Halévy: La Reine de Chypre (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 748 Mb | Total time: 73:37+79:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares | # ES10328RSK | Recorded: 2017

Berlioz wrote of Halévy’s La Reine de Chypre (1841): ‘Its success will at least equal that of La Juive. And Wagner added: ‘It is in La Reine de Chypre that Halévy’s new style has appeared with the most brilliance and success.’ So several voices – and those by no means insignificant – have declared this work, written six years after La Juive, to be its composer’s masterpiece. Premiered on 22 December 1841, Halévy’s opera offered the limelight to Rosine Stoltz in the title role: she was the only woman in the cast, for it had been found preferable to isolate her, following her incessant disputes with the other female singers in the company.

Véronique Gens, Münchner Rundfunkorchester & Hervé Niquet - Paysage (2024)

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Véronique Gens, Münchner Rundfunkorchester & Hervé Niquet - Paysage (2024)

Véronique Gens, Münchner Rundfunkorchester & Hervé Niquet - Paysage (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 251 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:22
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics

In this recital, Véronique Gens and Hervé Niquet bring back to life a neglected aspect of France’s Romantic heritage: songs with orchestral accompaniment. Aside from a few pieces by Debussy and Duparc, and Berlioz’s famous Nuits d’été, orchestral mélodies form a virtually forgotten continent. In collaboration with the specialists of the Palazzetto Bru Zane, Alpha Classics now revisits these musical landscapes, taking us from Brittany (Hahn) to Persia, whose beauties Fauré and Saint-Saëns exalt in very different ways. Mélodies by Chausson, Gounod and Dubois and rarely heard instrumental pieces by Massenet, Fauré and Fernand de La Tombelle round out the journey with their musical reveries.

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic - Victorin Joncières: Dimitri (2014)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic - Victorin Joncières: Dimitri (2014)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic - Victorin Joncières: Dimitri (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 668 Mb | Total time: 61:51+68:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares | # ES 1015 | Recorded: 2013

Joncières epitomises the Romantic artist fascinated by nobility and grandeur. This is clear from the titles of his works alone: Sardanapale, Lancelot, Le Dernier Jour de Pompéi, Le Chevalier Jean, Dimitri. Listening to the latter, his masterpiece (1876), we realise too that he was a contemporary of Gounod and a champion of Wagner. Dimitri carries on the tradition (begun by Meyerbeer) of spectacular, monumental works. It takes the listener from a monastery near the River Don to a palace in Krakow, then to the castle of Wyksa and finally the Kremlin in Moscow. At the time it was written, Bayreuth, Orange and Béziers were about to turn opera into a popular art with mass appeal.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Mozart, Salieri: Requiem (2022)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Mozart, Salieri: Requiem (2022)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Mozart, Salieri: Requiem (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 369 Mb | Total time: 68:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS078 | Recorded: 2021

Two illustrious composers at odds with their Requiem? When, in 1791, a 36-year-old Mozart composed the one that would remain unfinished due to his death, he did so in response to a commission from the eccentric Count von Walsegg. Mozart would never hear his music. At the time, Salieri was at the height of his glory at the age of 41, famed for his operas from Paris and Milan to Rome and of course Vienna, where he was Court Composer and Director of the Italian Opera. Having put an end to his lyrical career, in 1804 he composed his Requiem, which was strictly intended for his own funeral, where it was indeed played - in 1825.

Hervé Niquet - Gloire Immortelle ! (2023)

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Hervé Niquet - Gloire Immortelle ! (2023)

Hervé Niquet - Gloire Immortelle ! (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 327 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 150 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:47
Classical, Choral | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles

Following the Revolution of 1789, it was no longer His Majesty's professional army, but the living body of the nation carried the flag of its new National Guard on the battlefield. Military music flourished as never before and influenced the entire musical scene of the time, resulting in a musical legacy dedicated to the triumphant glory of the Republic. This recording, featuring trumpets and drums, harmony orchestras, military rhythms and patriotic choruses, provides a 'very French' anthology: the French Army Choir and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Garde Republicaine, conducted by Herve Niquet, invite us to sing these odes to France, the immortal legacy of our forefathers, with panache and a hand on our hearts.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Bouteiller: Requiem pour Voix d’Hommes; Brossard: Stabat Mater (2010)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Bouteiller: Requiem pour Voix d’Hommes; Brossard: Stabat Mater (2010)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Bouteiller: Requiem pour Voix d’Hommes; Brossard: Stabat Mater (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 62:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921621 | Recorded: 2010

The richness and splendour of French Baroque sacred music, by turns gravely sombre and spectacularly exuberant, have already been amply demonstrated by Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel through their series of recordings on Glossa of music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. But it was not just in Paris or in the country’s religious foundations that such involved music-making was called upon, but also in cities such as Troyes and Châlons-sur-Marne where Pierre Bouteiller, maître de musique in cathedrals there during the reign of Louis XIV, composed his Missa pro defunctis, a beautiful setting scored for five voice parts with instrumental accompaniment.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André Campra: Le Carnaval de Venise (2011)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André Campra: Le Carnaval de Venise (2011)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André Campra: Le Carnaval de Venise (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 712 Mb | Total time: 70:14+58:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921622 | Recorded: 2011

At the dawn of a new century when André Campra was busy writing his Carnaval de Venise (1699), was the composer aware that he would be passing onto the Académie Royale de Musique a fabulous and legendary work that would remain without successors? And whilst the court of the ageing Louis XIV was endeavouring to conserve the spirit of the Grand Siècle at Versailles, Paris was already humming with the new ideas of the Age of Enlightenment.

Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - George Frideric Handel: Messiah 1754 (2017)

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Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - George Frideric Handel: Messiah 1754 (2017)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - George Frideric Handel: Messiah 1754 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 601 Mb | Total time: 116:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 362 | Recorded: 2016

Why yet another Messiah? ‘I went through the different scores that exist and decided on the very interesting 1754 version, which features five soloists. You must remember that, when Handel arrived somewhere to perform his oratorio, he had soloists of varying standards available to him. So he quickly revised his score accordingly… All this is directly related to the reality of Handel’s situation as a concert promoter. In those days, to earn a living from his music, a composer absolutely had to get his works performed and make a profit on the evening. The idea of not retouching a work to avoid “spoiling” or “distorting” it is a much more modern one. There must be around a dozen versions of Messiah (I won’t list them all). The 1754 version is rarely played because it calls for five soloists: two sopranos, alto, tenor and bass… I’ve opted here for an operatic interpretation, taking its cue from the drama inherent in this account of the life of Christ.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - George Frideric Handel: Coronation Anthems & Te Deum (2022)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - George Frideric Handel: Coronation Anthems & Te Deum (2022)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - George Frideric Handel: Coronation Anthems & Te Deum (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 68:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA868 | Recorded: 2021

‘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 Deumand 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 Priestthe theme of that competition’s anthem!