Almost all the music performed on these separately available discs is, or has been, available in competing versions. But Le Concert Spirituel under Hervé Niquet’s experienced direction achieves an expressive intensity which overshadows its rivals. Charpentier wrote over 30 Tenebrae for the last three days of Holy Week and their texts, drawn from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, inspired the composer to extraordinary heights of anguished declamation. Much of the music is a skilful blend of French court air with Italian monodic lamentazioni, which he had encountered during his three years in Rome as Carissimi’s pupil. The five Lenten (Carême) Meditations on the path to Christ’s Crucifixion belong to a group of ten such pieces whichRead more are hardly less striking than the Tenebrae for their expressive ardour. If the performances are not always refined, they lack nothing in respect of fervent and idiomatic declamation.
The Mass for M de Mauroy, one of 11 such pieces by Charpentier, is among the finest of them. The identity of M de Mauroy has not been established but he deserves a pat on the back either for commissioning, or just being associated with a work of such beauty and eloquence – the Gloria and Credo are outstandingly affecting. Niquet, his voices and his ensemble of woodwind and strings reveal its strengths with full-blooded emotional responses and a convincing stylistic sense.
-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording
Messe pour Monsieur Mauroy, H 6by Marc-Antoine Charpentier Performer:
Pierre Evreux (Tenor),
Serge Goubioud (Tenor),
Michel Chapuis (Organ),
Claire Gouton (Soprano),
Marie-Louise Duthoit (Soprano),
Christophe Sam (Bass)
Le Concert Spirituel
Featured Sound Samples
Messe pour Monsieur Mouroy: Kyrie
Domine salvum fac regem
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Charpentier out to Impress and Amaze!!!January 16, 2013By Clifford H C. (Thompson, MB)See All My Reviews"Charpentier - Messe De Monsieur De Mauroy - Hervé Niquet - Le Concert Spirituel - This is an excellent and highly entertaining Mass by Charpentier. Really beautiful performances by all of the soloists. The Gloria portion of the mass especially stands out. Remarkable choral singing mixed with instrumental ritornello's and amazing interjections by the soloist. It truly is Charpentier at his best. Herve Niquet and his performers do a remarkable job. There are no weak links in this recording!"Report Abuse
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