Evening of French Sacred Music from the Time of the Sun King

Date created: 01.08.2014.

Performing French sacral music is a specialty of the Le Concert Spirituel ensemble, which thus brought it a world-wide reputation. The ensemble works closely with the Center for Baroque Music of Versailles, performing the works of great French composers from Charpentier to Lully, Campra or Boismortier. Each year, the ensemble performs in halls such as the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Château de Versailles, Barbican Center, Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms Festival, Wigmore Hall in London, BOZAR in Bruxelles, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Concert Hall in Shanghai, Theater an der Wien, as well as in the Luxemburg Philharmonie and Tokyo Opera. Thanks to his fundamental education, cellist, organist, pianist, vocalist, composer, choir and orchestra conductor Hervé Niquet approaches music as a true investigator by returning to its primal source in order to avoid the conventional and ordinary. Niquet, who is one of the most passionate promoters of French repertoires – from the Baroque era until the start of the 20th century, is proud of his ensemble consisting of top musicians, who, along with concert performances, construct instruments and conduct historical researches.

The concert will start off with a performance of a female choir entering the stage singing in a procession conductus from the 12th century, dedicated to the Virgin Mary - Beata viscera mariae virginis, composed by an unknown author, after which a composition by Marc-Antonie Charpentier, the greatest liturgical composer of the 17th century, will follow. Within the programme’s main part,  Hervé Niquet will present his newest discovery: a polyphone mass by Le Prince, about whom not much is known, as well as a motet O dulcissime Domine  by Jean-Baptiste Lully, who was the royal music supervisor and music master for the royal family of Louis XIV.