Charpentier, M-A: Vespres a la Vierge (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin)

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Charpentier, M-A: Vespres a la Vierge (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin)



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Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Hymne pour toutes les fetes de la vierge, H. 60, "Ave maris stella"

Antienne (Antiphon)

Motet: Beatus Vir, H. 221

Antienne (Antiphon)

Motet: Laudate Pueri, H. 149

Antienne (Antiphon)

Motet: Laetatus Sum

Antienne (Antiphon)

Motet: Nisi Dominus

Antienne (Antiphon)

Motet: Lauda Jerusalem, H. 210

Ave Maris Stella, H. 60

Antienne (Antiphon)

Magnificat, H. 72

Salve Regina, a trois choeurs, H. 24

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“This release offers a liturgical reconstruction of the Vespers office. The five Vesper psalms and Magnificat belong to different periods in Charpentier's life and the six antiphons are by his organist-composer contemporary, Nivers. The reconstruction works well and Le Concert Spirituel, under Hervé Niquet, demonstrates its rapport with Charpentier's music. The vocal sound is fresh and the wide range of musical Affekt shows off a greater diversity of tonal colour.
Tenors and basses incline towards a roughness of timbre here and there yet, overall, the bright and full-blooded choral sound is pleasing and vital. Some may find the recording balance of the psalms and canticle a fraction too close, creating the atmosphere of a drawing-room Vespers rather than one in more spacious, ecclesiastical surroundings. The antiphons fare much better in this respect, having a deeper aural perspective.
This is a richly rewarding programme of music which never disappoints.”

Gramophone Magazine

“A richly rewarding programme of music.”

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