Cherubini & Plantade: Requiems pour Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette

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Cherubini & Plantade: Requiems pour Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Choral

Label:

Alpha

Catalogue No:

ALPHA251

Discs:

1

Release date:

21st Oct 2016

Barcode:

3760014192517

Length:

69 minutes

Medium:

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Cherubini & Plantade: Requiems pour Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette


Cherubini:

Requiem in C minor

Plantade:

Messe des morts in D minor


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In 1817, two years after the restoration of the monarchy by Louis XVIII, the French court attended a performance of Cherubini’s Requiem in memory of Louis XVI; a few years later, in 1823, the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Marie-Antoinette provided the occasion for giving Charles-Henri Plantade’s Messe des morts in her memory. Berlioz had just arrived in Paris, and Napoleon had recently died in exile on the island of Saint Helena. In 2015, the two works were presented in a single concert at Versailles Palace. While Cherubini’s Requiem, scored for mixed choir and orchestra, but without soloists, is well known, Charles-Henri Plantade’s setting, which shares the same formal characteristics, is a complete discovery. It provides a striking transitional stage between the models of the Ancien Régime and early Romanticism, and displays a wealth of invention reminiscent of Méhul, Cherubini and even Rossini. This is the first recording of the work, which was revived on the initiative of the Palazzetto Bru Zane. A noted specialist in French music and large-scale sacred forms, Hervé Niquet brings out the full strength of these two works, recorded in the Chapelle Royale at Versailles, which further enrich the Alpha/Château de Versailles collection.

Luigi Cherubini: Requiem No. 1 in C Minor

Introitus et Kyrie

Graduale

Sequentia

Offertorium

Sanctus

Pie Jesu

Agnus Dei

Charles-Henri Plantade: Messe des morts in D Minor

Introit

Kyrie

Graduel

Prose

Offertoire

Sanctus

Pie Jesu

Agnus Dei

Gramophone Magazine

February 2017

“Niquet brings fresh artistry and specifically French authority honed over decades with Le Concert Spirituel to both works. For me, this is a prize-winning disc”

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