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    Pastorale de Noël

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier

    Charpentier is one of the subtlest masters of French 17th century musical life

    Sébastien Daucé
    Sébastien Daucé © Molina Visuals

    Violaine Le Chenadec soprano
    Caroline Weynants soprano
    Perrine Devillers soprano
    Lucile Richardot mezzo-soprano
    David Lee countertenor
    Davy Cornillot tenor
    Etienne Bazola baritone
    Renaud Bres bass baritone
    Emmanuel Vistorky bass

    Sébastien Daucé direction
    Ensemble Correspondances

    First part 
    Charpentier In Nativitatem H. 416 and other sacred pieces

    Sung in French and latin

    Charpentier’s legacy as a composer, but also a singer (high tenor), includes a significant corpus of vocal works, three-quarters of which are in the sacred music genre. Pastorales on the Nativity were a very common genre in the 17th century and often combined the text from Holy Scripture with profane elements from the pastorale genre and bucolic touches. This could not be further removed from the gilt and ostentation of the court of Versailles and everything is designed to allow the musical emotion to develop in the “tendre” or sentimental register. The Ensemble Correspondances has restored this rare work to its former glory on vinyl prior to bringing it back to life on the concert stage.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Ensemble Correspondances

    Image par défaut

    Un Noël chez Monsieur Charpentier

    Petite immersion dans les arcanes très codifiés de la liturgie catholique romaine de l’Avent.