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 HervĂ© 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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