• Le Concert Spirituel | Te Deum de Charpentier
    Le Concert Spirituel | Te Deum de Charpentier
  • Le Concert Spirituel | Te Deum de Charpentier
    Le Concert Spirituel | Te Deum de Charpentier
  • Le Concert Spirituel | Te Deum de Charpentier
    Le Concert Spirituel | Te Deum de Charpentier

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 8pm
Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides
Saison musicale des Invalides / Musée de l'Armée

Friday 28 August 2020, 9 pm (modified programme)*
Notre-Dame de Sablé-sur-Sarthe Church
Festival de Sablé
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Concert program

Te Deum
Marches pour les trompettes
Ouverture du Malade Imaginaire H 495a
In Assumptione Beata Mariae Virginis H353 
In honorem Sancti Xaverij canticum H 355 
Epithalame en l’honneur de son altesse sérénissime Emmanuel-Maximilien Duc de Bavière H 473

Alice Glaie (dessus)
Julia Beaumier (dessus)
Clément Debieuvre (haute-contre)
François Joron (taille)
Jean-Christophe Lanièce (basse-taille)

Le Concert Spirituel, choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet, direction

Te Deum by Charpentier released by Glossa in 2001

* In 2020, the Sablé Festival is setting up a collaboration around amateur choral practice with La Cantonade - Chœur d'hommes du Pays de Sablé. The latter will prepare the plainchant parts of the concert. The singers will perform alongside the professional musicians of Le Concert Spirituel during this performance.

Te Deum and Grands Motets for the Louis XIV's Victories

Who, better than Marc-Antoine Charpentier, illustrates the splendours and golds of the 17th century, when he was far from Louis XIV, his greatest King, by a Lully jealous of his talents?

If Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) never had an official function in Musique du roi and was therefore never as close to the royal celebration as possible, he was led, by the no less prestigious positions he held in the last twenty years of his life, to put all his art at the service of numerous paraliturgical or dynastic celebrations. Bringing together works composed between 1685 and 1698, this programme declines this theme of the celebration. Mystical celebration first of all, through one of the most revered holy figures of the Church: the Virgin, and one of the most solemn feasts of the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Assumption, celebrating its apotheosis. Jubilee celebration then, through the figures of saints canonized by the Church for their acts of piety. 
Celebration of the prince, both secular and religious, temporal and mystical.

Besides the great Te Deum H.146, one of the most exuberant but also the most fervent works of the Sun King's Century, this programme is also the occasion to discover an Italian text, the Epithalamio In lode dell'Altezza Serenissima Elettorale di Massimiliano Emanuel Duca di Baviera H.473 which invites us to the most directly secular celebration of this program, perhaps the most touching too, a work composed in honor of the marriage, on July 15, 1685, of Maximilien-Emmanuel II of Bavaria, with Archduchess Marie-Antoinette-Thérèse of Austria. 

(Text Thomas Leconte - Centre de musique baroque de Versailles)

This program was recorded at Glossa, which was acclaimed by the press:

"The Te Deum has his master:
Finally, Niquet arrives at this work, an intimate work of Charpentier. Finally, here is the reference version. Never before had we heard so much lightness, instrumental profusion, sound colours and simplicity.  Niquet has no equal in restoring these vast pages to their original magnificence." Classica 

"One of the 10 most remarkable recordings of the month: Even those who already own one or two Te Deum will discover a new reading." Gramophone

Le Concert Spirituel aux Victoires de la musique
Raccord à Saint-Dié des Vosges Blythburgh Church