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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).

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marin Marais: Sémélé (2008)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marin Marais: Sémélé (2008)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marin Marais: Sémélé (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 695 Mb | Total time: 75:59+61:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # 921614 | Recorded: 2007

For his latest recording directing Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet has revived Sémélé by Marin Marais – the final opera by one of the leading composers from the reign of Louis XIV. Known above all for his compositions for the viola da gamba, Marais the composer was at the same time the author of a number of tragédies lyriques which he wrote for the Académie royale de Musique. Even to this day it has only been Alcyone which has attracted the attention of music lovers and musicians. Yet Sémélé – first performed in 1709 – arrives now full of music to charm and seduce the listener: a sparkling prologue honouring Bacchus, a set of arias with a freshly-minted appeal, a marvellously inventive diabolical scene, divertissements rich in character; all this leading up to an earthquake scene memorably anticipating the later work of Rameau.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Charles-Simon Catel: Sémiramis (2012)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Charles-Simon Catel: Sémiramis (2012)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel Orchestra & Chorus - Charles-Simon Catel: Sémiramis (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 439 Mb | Total time: 35:19+70:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921625 | Recorded: 2011

First performed at the Paris Opéra in 1802, Sémiramis by Charles-Simon Catel is an example of the revival at that time of the tragédie lyrique inherited from Gluck. A work with a touch of exoticism (Babylon), expressing the pathos of isolation, but also with pomp in its ambitious finales, the work bade farewell to the ‘Louis-XVI style’ and announced, in a neo-Classical style, the grand opéra of the Romantic period. But it came at a time of polemics between supporters and detractors of the new Paris Conservatoire, where Catel, at that time professor of harmony there, had made so many enemies that the audience pit at the Opera was bristling with vengeful hostility when the curtain rose on the first act…

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 1 (1994)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 1 (1994)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe des morts; Litanies (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 61:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553173 | Recorded: 1994

This is another absolute gem, in which Herve Niquet and his ensemble, Le Concert Spirituel, show sparkling variety. (Classic CD)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Grands Motets [3CDs] (1999)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Grands Motets [3CDs] (1999)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Les Grands Motets [3CDs] (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 839 Mb | Total time: 58:26+64:44+57:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503040F | Recorded: 1993-1994

In these works, written for the Chapel Royal, Lully is inspired to paint a whole sweep of emotions, at once melancholy, sweet, tragic, noble and victorious. Observe his mastery of color. Listen to how choral and orchestral textures, now in five, now in ten parts, change with the rhythm of the text. Note how subtle touches of orchestral color highlight the meaning of a word or the sweetness of a modulation.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Johann Christoph Vogel: La Toison d’or (2013)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Johann Christoph Vogel: La Toison d’or (2013)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Johann Christoph Vogel: La Toison d’or (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 624 Mb | Total time: 45:41+63:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921628 | Recorded: 2012

A contemporary of Mozart, Johann Christoph Vogel also died at an early age. Forward looking in approach, this composer of a tormented disposition, sought to extend the operatic revolution undertaken by Gluck in the 1770s. First performed in 1786 at the Opéra de Paris, 'La Toison d’or' reveals that search for an expressive art which demanded an all-embracing involvement from the performers and supplied the music with a sometimes unbearable intensity for audiences of the time.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah (2019)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah (2019)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah (2019)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.63 Gb (DVD9) | 117 min
Classical | Château de Versailles | Sub.: Francais, English, Deutsch

The resounding success Handel’s Messiah encountered the first time it was presented in Dublin in 1742 set the scene for its future. The oratorio depicts the Sacred History of Christ in three parts: the Nativity, Christ’s Passion and Resurrection and finally, Redemption. The alternance of airs and choirs is perfect and Handel’s musical knowledge infallible. Messiah quickly became the composer’s most successful work. It was played thirty-six times during his lifetime and has continued to be presented to modern day, embodying just how majestic and sublime music can be. During its première in London, King George II was so moved by the mythical Hallelujah! that he could not help but leap to his feet, with the entire audience following his lead. In the sumptuous Royal Chapel at Versailles, Hervé Niquet leads four impassioned soloists and a tremulous choir to the height of Handel’s most resplendent baroque edifice!

Véronique Gens, Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Visions (2017)

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Véronique Gens, Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Visions (2017)

Véronique Gens, Hervé Niquet, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Visions (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 222 Mb | Total time: 55:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 279 | Recorded: 2017

After an album of French songs (Néère, Alpha 215) that earned her a Gramophone Award in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Boismortier: Ballets de Village et Sérénade (1998)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Boismortier: Ballets de Village et Sérénade (1998)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Boismortier: Ballets de Village et Sérénade (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 450 Mb | Total time: 74:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.554295 | Recorded: 1997

Joseph Boismortier was a French Baroque composer who had to live by his wits, having no patrons or prestigious positions. The notes for this CD quote Jean-Benjamin’s assessment in 1780: “Happy is he, Boismortier, whose fertile quill each month, without pain, conceives new airs at will.” Boismortier, for lack of a better answer to his critics, would always answer: “I am earning money.” His four Ballets de Village are rustic suites that make extensive use of the musette and hurdy-gurdy, instruments considered country cousins, not to be used in “serious” music. Boismortier writes for them with great skill; the droning din they set up is most appealing.