Namur Chamber Choir

Biography

Active: 1987 - ; Namur
The Namur Chamber Choir is a popular Belgian vocal ensemble best known for its performances and recordings of early and Baroque choral music. This group, known in French-speaking Europe as the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, is made up of at least a dozen singers, or as many as 32, depending upon the repertory. Speaking of repertory, though the NCC has a decided preference for early music, particularly the works of Lassus, J.S. Bach, Handel, Read more Charpentier, du Mont, Gossec, Fiocco, Gabrieli, Gretry, Gluck, and Pachelbel, members have also sung music by Haydn, Mozart, Fauré, and Franck, as well as works by contemporary composers like Henri Pousseur and Benoît Mernier, whose Missa Christi Regis Genitum (2000) the group recorded to great acclaim. The ensemble often performs with famous Baroque-style orchestras, such as Les Agrémens, La Petite Bande, Ricercar Consort, La Fenice, La Grande Ecurie, and the Chambre du Roy. The group's conductor since 2002 has been Jean Tubéry, but the ensemble often performs under the direction of a guest conductor, like such past luminaries as Roy Goodman, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Minkowski, Simon Halsey, and a host of other maestros associated with early music. The NCC has made more than 25 recordings spread over several labels, including Ricecar, Virgin Classics, RCA, Naïve, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Astrée-Auvidis, and other labels.

The Namur Chamber Choir was formed in 1987 by a Belgian musical organization, the Center for Choral Singing of the French-speaking Community of Belgium. The NCC receives funding from several governmental agencies, but has generally been successful in drawing large audiences and in the sales of recordings.

Until 2002, when Tubéry became the NCC's conductor, the ensemble had a string of notable conductors that included Pierre Cao, Denis Menier, Olivier Opdebeek, and Patrick Davin.

Initially, the group's repertory tended to favor the music of Walloon composers, such as Lassus and Gretry. But gradually the repertory expanded, as did the group's popularity. By the early years of the new century the NCC had become an internationally celebrated ensemble, for both its acclaimed concerts and prize-winning recordings. Indeed, they received a French Academy of Fine Arts Liliane Bettencourt Prize (2006), and for their recordings they were given numerous prizes, including Diapason d'Or and Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros awards.

Les Agrémens' later recordings include the 2009 Ricecar CD Bach: Christmas Cantatas, with Tubéry leading the ensemble. Read less

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Biography

Active: 1987 - ; Namur
The Namur Chamber Choir is a popular Belgian vocal ensemble best known for its performances and recordings of early and Baroque choral music. This group, known in French-speaking Europe as the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, is made up of at least a dozen singers, or as many as 32, depending upon the repertory. Speaking of repertory, though the NCC has a decided preference for early music, particularly the works of Lassus, J.S. Bach, Handel, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Ich freue mich in dir (Chorus)
Aria: Getrost! es fasst ein heilger Leib (Alto)
Recitative: Ein Adam mag sich voller Schrecken (Tenor)
Aria: Wie lieblich klingt es in den Ohren (Soprano)
Recitative: Wohlan, des Todes Furcht und Schmerz (Bass)
Chorale: Wohlan, so will ich mich (Chorus)
Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget (Chorus)
Chorale: Das hat er alles uns getan (Chorus)
Recitative: Geh, Welt! behalte nur das Deine (Alto)
Chorale: Was frag ich nach der Welt (Chorus)
Aria: Was die Welt in sich halt (Soprano)
Recitative: Der Himmel bleibet mir gewiss (Bass)
Aria: Von der Welt verlang ich nichts (Alto)
Chorale: Gute Nacht, o Wesen (Chorus)
Christum wir sollen loben schon (Chorus)
Aria: O du von Gott erhohte Kreatur (Tenor)
Recitative: Der Gnade unermesslichs Wesen (Alto)
Aria: Johannis freudenvolles Springen (Bass)
Recitative: Doch wie erblickt es dich in deiner Krippen (Soprano)
Chorale: Lob, Ehr und Dank sei dir gesagt (Chorus)
Act I: Overture
Act I: Choir: Apres un long voyage - Danse
Act I: Ariette: Ne suis-je pas aussi captive? - Reprise du choeur: Apres un long voyage - Recitative: De ton epoux voilà donc le partage"
Act I: Duo: Malgre la fortune cruelle - Recitative: Un, deux, tout ce calcul me fatigue
Act I: Ariette: Qu'esperes-tu, temeraire Francais - Recitative: Dieux! renoncer a ce que j'aime
Act I: Trio: Helas! je vous implore - Choir: Les Arabes foncent sur nous - Ensemble: Frappons cette troupe timide - Recitative: Pour le prix de ta vaillance
Act I: Final: Que me demandes-tu?
Act II: Recitative: Me voici de retour - Ariette: J'ai des beautes piquantes - Recitative: En ta faveur
Act II: Ariette: Oui, toujours j'aimai la France - Recitative: Jalouse a mon amantc
Act II: Divertissement: Du Pacha qu'on revere - Tambourin et recitative: Almaide, de votre zele - Recitative: Ces plaisirs, Tamorin
Act II: Air: C'est la triste monotonie - Recitative: Rien ne peut me toucher
Act II: Ariette: Tu me conseilles l'inconstance - Recitative: Je ne veux plus d'un coeur gene
Act II: Trio: Il amene des Hollandaises - Recitative: Je veux dans le bazar - Danse generale
Act II: Marche
Act II: Air: Nous sommes nees pour l'esclavage - Danse generale
Act II: Air italien: Fra l'orror della tempesta
Act II: Pas de deux - Air et choir: Quelles rigueurs inhumaines - Pas de trois - Recitative: Quel est donc l'objet que l'on cache?
Act II: Sortie du pacha - Ariette: Vas, cruel
Introduction
Te Deum laudamus
Te aeternum Patrem
Te per orbem terrarum
Tu devicto mortis aculeo
Tu ergo quaesumus, famulis subveni
Aeterna fac cum Sanctis tuis
Dignare Domine - Flat misericordia
In te Domine speravi
Kyrie
Gloria
Offerte a deux choeurs
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Ite missa est


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