Hervé Niquet

Charpentier: Messe; Te Deum

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This disc couples two magnificent sacred choral works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier: his lavish Messe and his spectacular Te Deum. Both works were commissioned by the composer's patrons, the then-ascendant Jesuits of Paris, and they are less deeply religious works than grandly ceremonial works of unexcelled splendor, qualities that Hervé Niquet, director of Le Concert Spirituel, embraces in this 2006 release. Recorded in stupendous sound by Glossa, Niquet leads Le Concert Spirituel in performances of immense pomp and enormous circumstances. A seasoned veteran of many labels who has recorded much of Charpentier's sacred music before -- along with lots of Lully, a fair amount of Boismortier, some Desmarets, and even a bit of Campra -- Niquet is a master at the aesthetics of the sacred music of the French Baroque and he knows when to stress the austere and when to surrender to the ceremonial. With his superbly trained and deeply dedicated chorus and orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel, Niquet creates performances that awe and astound. While this may or may not be an actual spiritual experience, it is an amazing musical experience.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Messe à 8 voix et 8 violons et flûtes, for 8 voices, chorus, 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 3
1 00:53 Amazon
2 01:09 Amazon
3 00:59 Amazon
4 02:33 Amazon
5 01:27 Amazon
6 01:04 Amazon
7 01:32 Amazon
8 01:52 Amazon
9 01:11 Amazon
10 00:43 Amazon
11 01:16 Amazon
12 03:13 Amazon
13 02:17 Amazon
14 02:07 Amazon
15 02:54 Amazon
16 01:17 Amazon
17 03:34 Amazon
18 01:50 Amazon
19 02:48 Amazon
20 02:47 Amazon
21 00:54 Amazon
22 00:57 Amazon
23 01:07 Amazon
24 01:26 Amazon
25 02:19 Amazon
26 02:57 Amazon
27 03:59 Amazon
Te Deum à 8, motet for 8 voices, chorus, flute, oboe, strings & continuo, H. 145
28 01:11 Amazon
29 01:12 Amazon
30 01:00 Amazon
31 01:24 Amazon
32 01:17 Amazon
33 02:45 Amazon
34 00:47 Amazon
35 01:50 Amazon
36 06:10 Amazon
37 03:18 Amazon
38 01:27 Amazon
39 03:24 Amazon
40 02:43 Amazon
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