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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.

Christophe Rousset, Herve Niquet, Jordi Savall, Fabio Biondi - Marc-Antoine Charpentier, un automne musical à Versailles (2005)

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Christophe Rousset, Herve Niquet, Jordi Savall, Fabio Biondi - Marc-Antoine Charpentier, un automne musical à Versailles (2005)

Christophe Rousset, Herve Niquet, Jordi Savall, Fabio Biondi, Gérard Lesne, Christina Pluhar - Marc-Antoine Charpentier, un automne musical à Versailles (2005)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 150 min | 7,74 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Armide | Sub: English, Français, Deutsch | Recorded: 2003

Studio Armide represents magnificent documentary film Olivier Simonnet «Marc-Antoine Charpentier, un automne musical à Versailles». Marc-Antoine Charpentier never had an official function at the court of Louis XIV. In 2004 Versailles finally opened its doors to him for the tercentennial commemorations of his death. The finest performers of baroque music, from Jordi Savall to Christophe Rousset, played the most important works of the time in the Royal Chapel opera house, as well as in the chateau salons and galleries: from instrumental music (Lully’s Alceste) to vocal music (Actéon), from lyric tragedy (Médée) to sacred music (Missa assumpta est Maria). The life of this collaborator of Molière’s and cultural life under Louis XIV are enriched by the participation of conductors and musicians.

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra - Max d'Ollone: Cantates, chœurs & musique symphonique (2013)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra - Max d'Ollone: Cantates, chœurs & musique symphonique (2013)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Max d'Ollone: Cantates, chœurs & musique symphonique (2013)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.57 Gb | Total time: 51:06+54:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares ‎| ES 1010 | Recorded: 2012

Who today has heard of Max d'Ollone? He studied with Massenet, was a contemporary of Richard Strauss, composed operas and cultivated a sensuous and deeply Romantic approach to vocal music. The Prix de Rome competition gave him the opportunity to compose several impressive cantatas and pieces for chorus and orchestra, characterised by a combination of grandeur and refinement.

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Félicien David: Herculanum (2015)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.31 Gb | Total time: 72:58+49:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares ‎| # ES 1020 | Recorded: 2014

Félicien David was already famous through his 'ode-symphonie' Le Désert (1844) when his opera Herculanum was first staged at the Paris Opéra in 1859. This ambitious work, later to gain him entrance to the Opéra-Comique and the Institut de France, also played a part in earning him the Légion d'Honneur. Leaving behind the Middle Eastern inflections of his earlier scores, Herculanum is a remarkably strong composition (vast, intensely dramatic scenes), impressive in the diversity of its style (including Verdian influences) and its vocal variety (including the rare coloratura contralto voice often used by Rossini).

Hervé Niquet, Les Boréades - François Cosset: Missa super flumina Babylonis (2002)

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Hervé Niquet, Les Boréades - François Cosset: Missa super flumina Babylonis (2002)

Hervé Niquet, Les Boréades - François Cosset: Missa super flumina Babylonis (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 64:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Atma Classique | ACD22285 | Recorded: 2001

François Cosset (c. 1610-1664) composed a proportion of his music for performance in a convent. It is therefore scored for high voices, and this includes the present work - a polyphonic Missa Super flumina Babylonis for six high voices and small complement of period instruments. Interspersed among the Mass movements here are a number of ‘petits motets’ by Lully and others, also for soprano voices, along with a few instrumental pieces.

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

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

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - 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.