Hervé Niquet

Biography

Hervé Niquet is a rare musician: while some composer/performers are also conductors, few have also managed a successful career as a singer, as has Niquet. Moreover, he has not only conducted instrumental ensembles but choral groups as well. As a composer he has received prestigious commissions, including one from Princess Caroline of Monaco. Niquet the conductor is generally associated with French Baroque music -- the works of Boismortier, Read more Charpentier, Clérambault, Lully, Marais, and Rameau. But it would be unfair to typecast him as a specialist in that vein: he has not only performed and recorded much Handel and Purcell, but has developed a repertory reaching into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, taking in works by Chabrier, Gounod, Rossini, Ravel, Poulenc, and many others. In concert and on recordings Niquet often performs both as conductor and harpsichordist or organist. In the mid-'80s he sang as a tenor with the famed Baroque group Les Arts Florissant. He has appeared on countless recordings in various roles and has served as the headlining performer on more than 50 CDs and DVDs since the 1980s. His recordings are available on a variety of labels, including EMI, Virgin Classics, Naxos, EuroArts, Naïve, Accord, and Atma Classique.

Hervé Niquet was born in France in 1957. Following extensive studies of harpsichord, organ, composition, conducting, and singing, Niquet was appointed choir master of the Paris Opéra (1980). 1985 was a pivotal year for the young musician: he received a commission from Princess Caroline to write a ballet (24 Hours in the Life of a Woman), and he joined Les Arts Florissant as a tenor. Meanwhile, he continued branching out as a conductor, leading major ensembles across Europe in mostly Baroque fare.

In 1987 Niquet founded the orchestra he has been most closely associated with, Le Concert Spirituel. He derived the name from the ensemble of the same name founded in Paris in 1725 that disbanded in 1790. Consisting of about 50 players, the group has come to be regarded as one of the foremost Baroque orchestras in Europe.

Niquet became identified with the ensemble for the next couple of decades, making many recordings with them from the 1990s onward, more than 20 for the Naxos label alone. Niquet founded another ensemble in 2002, the Montreal-based La Nouvele Sinfonie. This orchestra is made up of about 40 musicians and, like Le Concert Spirituel, mainly focuses on French Baroque repertory. Read less

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Biography

Hervé Niquet is a rare musician: while some composer/performers are also conductors, few have also managed a successful career as a singer, as has Niquet. Moreover, he has not only conducted instrumental ensembles but choral groups as well. As a composer he has received prestigious commissions, including one from Princess Caroline of Monaco. Niquet the conductor is generally associated with French Baroque music -- the works of Boismortier, Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prologue: Ouverture
Prologue: Air et choeur: Dieu charmant, essuyez vos pleurs (Un Plaisir, Choeur)
Prologue: Ballet figure I
Prologue: Scene: Mon trop juste depit ne peut plus se calmer (L'Amour, Un Plaisir)
Prologue: Gavotte tendre en rondeau I-II: Dans les ennuis, dans les alarmes (Un Plaisir)
Prologue: Scene: Je perdrais toute ma puissance (L'Amour, Un Plaisir, Choeur)
Prologue: Symphonie brillante: Quels sons brillants font retentir ces lieux (Choeur, L'Amour)
Prologue: Air: Fuyez, fuyez sombre tristesse (L'Hymen)
Prologue: Scene: Qu'entends-je! O dieux! (L'Amour, L'Hymen)
Prologue: Air: Volez, Plaisirs, celebrez ce beau jour (L'Amour)
Prologue: Air un peu vif
Prologue: Passepied I-II
Prologue: Duo: Qu'on ne trouve dans l'univers (L'Amour, L'Hymen)
Prologue: Choeur: Regnez, offrez-vous aux mortels (Choeur)
Prologue: On reprend l'ouverture pour entracte
Act I: Osiris: Ritournelle
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Il faut vaincre ou subir un honteux esclavage (Mirrine, Orthesie)
Act I: Osiris: Air: Que ces mortels sont redoutables! (Orthesie)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Ce sexe ambitieux n'aspire (Mirrine)
Act I: Osiris: Choeur: Aux armes! Courons aux armes! (Amazones Sauvages)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: N'ecouterez-vous que la haine (Osiris, Orthesie, Mirrine, Amazones Sauvages)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Que vous connaissez mal le pouvoir de vos charmes (Osiris)
Act I: Osiris: Scene et air: Aux douceurs d'un frivole hommage (Orthesie)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Je guide un peuple genereux (Osiris, Orthesie)
Act I: Osiris: Entree des saisons et des arts
Act I: Osiris: Entree de moissonneurs et de vendangeurs
Act I: Osiris: Air des satyres
Act I: Osiris: Choeur: Quels doux parfums, quelles vives couleurs! (Amazones Sauvages)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Peuple leger, ton coeur cesse d'etre inflexible (Mirrine)
Act I: Osiris: Sarabande en rondeau pour les berceaux de fleurs qui s'elevent
Act I: Osiris: Rigaudon I-II
Act I: Osiris: Choeur et scene: Quels objets enchanteurs! (Amazones Sauvages, Orthesie, Osiris, Suite d'Osiris)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Il regne en souverain sur toute la nature (Osiris)
Act I: Osiris: Bruit de guerre: Que notre serment s'accomplisse (Mirrine, Suite d'Mirrine, Orthesie, Osiris, Choeurs de leurs Suites)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Vous defendez des jours que j'offre a vos appas (Osiris, Orthesie)
Act I: Osiris: Scene: Qu'a la voix d'Osiris ces deserts s'embellissent (Osiris)
Act I: Osiris: Mouvement de sarabande et de loure
Act I: Osiris: Gigue
Act I: Osiris: Air: Heureux oiseaux, l'Amour embellit ces bocages (Orthesie)
Act I: Osiris: Contredanse
Act II: Canope: Ritournelle et scene: L'Egypte dans ce jour (Ageris, Canope)
Act II: Canope: Scene: Ah! Nilee, est-ce vous? (Memphis, Canope)
Act II: Canope: Air: Tout-a-coup, le tonnerre eclate dans les airs (Memphis)
Act II: Canope: Scene: Un songe qui cause nos craintes (Canope)
Act II: Canope: Choeur et scene: Quelle victime! O ciel! (Choeur, Memphis, Canope)
Act II: Canope: Air: Veille Amour, veille sur les jours (Memphis)
Act II: Canope: Scene: Je gemis des rigueurs du sort (Le Grand-Pretre, Memphis)
Act II: Canope: Air majestueux
Act II: Canope: Hymne au dieu du fleuve: Dieu bienfaisant (Le Grand-Pretre)
Act II: Canope: Bruit semblable au tonnerre: Impetueux torrents (Canope, Le Grand-Pretre, Pretres, Peuples)
Act II: Canope: Scene: Peuple aveugle (Canope, Pretres, Peuples)
Act II: Canope: Scene: Quel spectacle touchant pour une ame sensible (Canope, Memphis)
Act II: Canope: Duo: Vous m'aimez, je n'en puis douter (Canope, Memphis)
Act II: Canope: Air: Vous qui m'obeissez, accourez a ma voix (Canope)
Act II: Canope: Chaconne: Tendre Amour, dans tes chaines (Choeur)
Act II: Canope: Air: Amour, lance tes traits, fais triompher tes feux (Une Egyptienne)
Act II: Canope: Rigaudon I-II
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Scene: Le bonheur de la terre est le bien ou j'aspire (Arueris)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Scene: Ingrat, pour les beaux-arts (Orie, Arueris)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Scene: Les dons les plus brillants (Arueris, Orie)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Air et scene: Cette plaine vaste et feconde (Arueris, Orie)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Air et scene: Entrez dans la carriere (Arueris, Orie)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Air gai
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Scene: Vos plaisirs et votre allegresse (Arueris)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Quatuor: Brillez sons enchanteurs (Un Berger Egyptien, 3 Autres Egyptiens, Choeur)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Sarabande
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Air gai et parodie: L'amant que j'adore (Une Bergere Egyptienne)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Musette en rondeau et parodie: Ma Bergere fuyait l'amour (Un Berger Egyptien)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Air gai
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Tambourin I-II
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Scene et cantatille: Pour entendre ma voix (Orie)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Quintette et choeur: Ciel, quels accents! (Tous)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Scene: A l'objet de vos voeux (Arueris, Orie)
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Air de triomphe
Act III: Arueris ou Les Isies: Duo: Hymen, c'est le jour de ta gloire (Orie, Arueris)
I. Serenade
II. A la Fontaine
III. A mules
IV. Sur les cimes
V. Napoli
Act I Scene 1, "Enthusiasm": Douce Lumiere (Chorus of Inner Voices, The Poet)
Act II Scene 1, "Doute": Entends-tu la nuit (Voices of the Night, A Voice) - Scene 2: Scene 2: Que me reserves-tu (The Poet, Voices of the Night)
Act III: Tableau 1, "Impotence": Si l'esprit dans le vide (Voices of Malediction, The Poet)
Act III: Tableau 2, "Inebriation": Sois maudit, Dieu perfide (Voices from the Past) - Scene 2: Trille, O fille (The Poet, The Girl, Voices from the Past, Voices of Tomorrow, Inner Voices)
I. Allegro molto
II. Allegretto moderato
III. Scherzo: Non troppo presto
IV. Finale: Adagio - Allegro vivace
I. Adagio - Allegro agitato
II. Larghetto (non troppo)
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
IV. Finale: Allegro, leggiero assai
Allegro
Largo
Allegro
Exaudiat te Dominus
Tribuat tibi
Exaudiet illum de caelo
Domine salvum
Gloria
Notus in Judea Deus
Dormierunt
Cum exsurgiet
Benedictus
Saluten ex inimicis
Jusjurandum
Ut sine nomine
In sanctitate
Ad dandam
Per viscera
Symphonie -
Exultant caeli
Symphonie -
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus
Symphonie - Pie Jesu
Symphonie -
Ritournelle - Quia apud te
Symphonie - Requiem
Entree I: Overture
Entree I Scene 1: Prelude
Entree I Scene 1: Marche
Entree I Scene 1: Sarabande
Entree I Scene 1: Menuet
Entree I Scene 1: Air - Silvandre
Entree I Scene 1: Trio puis choeur
Entree I Scene 1: Bourree
Entree I Scene 1: Canaries
Entree I Scene 2: [Air italien]
Entree I Scene 3: Daphnis et Silvie
Entree II Scene 1: Prelude
Entree II Scene 2: Philis et Tircis
Entree II Scene 3: Philis
Entree II Scene 3: Rigaudon
Entree II Scene 3: Menuet
Entree II Scene 3: Une bergere
Entree II Scene 3: Loure
Entree II Scene 3: Passepied
Entree II Scene 3: Chaconne chantante. Rondeau
Entree III Scene 1: Prelude
Entree III Scene 2: Silvie et Daphnis
Entree III Scene 2: Silvie
Entree III Scene 3: Simphonie agreable
Entree III Scene 4: Prelude pendant que l' Amour acheve de descendre
Entree III Scene 4: Choeur de la suite de l' Amour, des bergers et bergeres
Entree III Scene 4: Sarabande pour les suivans de l' Amour
Entree III Scene 4: Premier passepied pour les bergers et les bergeres
Entree III Scene 4: Deuxieme passepied
Idylle
Danse villageoise
Sous-bois
Scherzo-valse
Symphonie
Patrem immensae majestatis
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes
Salvum fac populum tuum
Dignare, Domine
In Te, Domine, speravi
Kyrie eleison
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Domine Salvum fac regem
Ouverture
Act I: Chasse au monstre (Hunting the Monster)
Act I: Air de Don Quichotte (Don Quixote's Air)
Act I: Air de Sancho (Sancho's Air)
Act I: Marche
Act I: Menuets I et II
Act I: Air pour les patres (Shepherds' Air)
Act I: Tambourins I et II
Act I: Scene de la paysanne (Peasant Girl's Scene)
Act I: Merlin l'enchanteur (Merlin the Magician)
Act I: Reprise de l'ouverture
Act II: La caverne de Montesinos (The Cave of Montesinos)
Act II: Depit de Sancho (Sancho's Troubles)
Act II: Air pour charmer (Air of Enchantment)
Act II: Air de la colere (Angry Air)
Act II: Lutte avec le geant (Struggle with the Giant)
Act II: Air pour le desenchantement (Air to Break the Spell)
Act II: Air de Montesinos (Air of Montesinos)
Act II: Air pour les amants desenchantes (Air for Disenchanted Lovers)
Act II: Divertissement
Act II: Choeur des demons (Chorus of Demons)
Act II: Transport de Dulcinee (Dulcinea Transported)
Act III: Le gentil Sapajou (The Gentle Sapajou)
Act III: Air epagnol (Spanish Air)
Act III: Entree d'Altisidore (Altisidore's Entrance)
Act III: Retour de Merlin (Merlin's Return)
Act III: L'infante du Congo (The Infanta from the Congo)
Act III: Air d'Altisidore (Altisidore's Air)
Act III: Choeur des Japonais (Chorus of Japanese)
Act III: Marche et air pour le Japon (Japanese March and Air)
Act III: Air de la Japonaise (Japanese Woman's Air)
Act III: Chaconne
Idylle
Danse villageoise
Sous-bois
Scherzo-valse


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