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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, 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.

Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Charpentier: Médée (2024)

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Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Charpentier: Médée (2024)

Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Charpentier: Médée (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 2:50:25 | 900 Mb
Genre: Classical

Médée, a tragedy in a prologue and five acts on a libretto by Thomas Corneille, was Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s first and last collaboration with the Académie Royale de Musique. The work was premiered on 4 December 1693, when Charpentier was exactly fifty years old and at the height of his career. Louis XIV attended the performance, proving that it was an eagerly awaited event. Yet this sombre drama, which disconcerted the public, was withdrawn after just ten performances, and not heard again until 1976. A specialist in the French repertory and a close associate of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, where he has followed all the advances in research and historically informed performance for thirty-five years, Hervé Niquet has endeavoured, in presenting this new Médée, scrupulously to apply all the scholarly findings available to us today.

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!

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Mr de Mauroy; Leçons de Ténèbres & Méditations (2003)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Mr de Mauroy; Leçons de Ténèbres & Méditations (2003)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Mr de Mauroy; Leçons de Ténèbres & Méditations (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 890 Mb | Total time: 180:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GSP 98003 | Recorded: 1999-2001

Niquet’s performances of Charpentier with Le Concert Spirituel are generally characterised by their liveliness. Niquet uses quite small forces, which emphasises the chamber nature of much of Charpentier’s writing, even in his grandest works. Niquet’s version of the Te Deum is one of the bounciest that I have heard. Crisp and lively playing from the instrumentalists emphasises the work’s dance-like qualities in a charming way. The faster sections are taken with remarkable speed and dexterity, but never feel rushed and they contrast admirably with the slower movements.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Daphnis et Chloé (2009)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Daphnis et Chloé (2009)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Daphnis et Chloé (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 626 Mb | Total time: 45:38+55:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921618 | Recorded: 2001

Following on from Callirhoé (André Cardinal Destouches), Sémélé (Marin Marais) and Proserpine (Jean-Baptiste Lully), three important tragédies lyriques rescued from oblivion by Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel, Glossa is now restoring to the catalogue and within its collection of French Baroque opera, a recording made in Metz in December 2001: Daphnis et Chloé, the work which was to add Joseph Bodin de Boismortier to the roll call of the history of music in a most determined fashion.

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.

Herve Niquet - Mozart, Salieri & Requiem (2022)

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Herve Niquet - Mozart, Salieri & Requiem (2022)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel, Valentina Naforniță, Ambroisine Bré, Robin Tritschler, Andreas Wolf - Mozart, Salieri & Requiem (2022)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 329 MB | Cover | 01:08:57 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 160 MB
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles

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 brings us these two monuments of Viennese liturgy with panache.

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)

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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)
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.

Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Boismortier: Sonates pour basses (2004)

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Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Boismortier: Sonates pour basses (2004)

Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet - Boismortier: Sonates pour basses (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:19 | 349 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD 921609

Ensembles specializing in the French Baroque have been busy resurrecting music that's both of interest to specialists and a lot of fun for anybody discovering that much of this repertory makes good party music – just as it did when it was composed. Boismortier was a composer from Lorraine who went to Paris and made good by pleasing well-situated patrons with attractive, somewhat kaleidoscopic music that was well suited to the needs of the instrumentalists they employed. Included on the rather confusingly titled Boismortier: Sonates pour basses are pieces for low-register instruments – viola da gamba, cello, and bassoon, as well as several pieces of perhaps didactic nature, with unspecified and thus adaptable instrumentation.