Requiem for Louis XVI by Martini

Label Château de Versailles Spectacles
Coproduction Château de Versailles Spectacles, Le Concert Spirituel
Recorded from May 28 to July 1st, 2019 at the Royal Chapel of Versailles

Concert produced by Bru Zane France, AIDA-Festival Berlioz, Le Concert Spirituel

Release the 24th of April 2020

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Diamant d'Opéra Magazine

We were all surprised to discover the strength and emotion of the Mass in memory of Marie Antoinette by C.H. Plantade, a novelty that has come out of oblivion thanks to the work of the Palazzetto Bru Zane. The same is true once again of Martini's Mass for the Dead, a score of vast dimensions with astonishingly lyrical passages.


Adriana Gonzalez
Julien Behr
Andreas Wolf

Le Concert Spirituel, Choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet, conductor

When it comes to his illustration of music at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, Martini had more to show than Plaisir d’Amour alone. The Bavarian, would rise to glory at the French court and enjoy a privileged position among the sovereigns. Appointed Superintendent of the King’s Music in 1788, he fled France under the Terror before making a triumphant return to Paris with his opera Sapho, joined the Conservatoire in 1796, distanced himself from the stage and, finally, was reinstated as Superintendent in 1815. That same year, in Saint-Denis, he had the honour of hosting his Requiem Mass with a full orchestra, on 21 January 1815, when the remains of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were transferred to the Royal Basilica. This Requiem in memory of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette was performed once again one year after, to mark the anniversary of the martyr King.

However, this spectacular piece, written for three soloists, a full orchestra and choir, seems to date from 1811 and bears the musical accents of the Empire – fitting for a celebration of the monarchy! Hervé Niquet gives to this highly symbolic work of the history of France and Versailles, a resurrection that brings Martini back into the spotlight of the last monarchic splendour.

Extrait de la Messe des morts de Martini