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Desmarest: Grand Motets / Herve Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel

Desmarest / Le Concerti Spiriteul / Niquet
Release Date: 08/23/2011 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 81607  
Composer:  Henry Desmarest
Performer:  Alain BuetFrançois St. YvesEmmanuel VistorkyHanna Bayodi,   ... 
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“…(Henri) Desmarets' wife died in 1696. Sometime afterwards, he fell in love with a student of his, Marie-Marguerite de Saint-Gobert, daughter of a district tax director [named M. de Saint-Gobert]* [M. de Saint-Gobert began legal action against Henry Desmarest for seduction and abduction.]* She was banished to a convent; he freed her using some disguises, and then he was arrested, and after a long trial sentenced to death. He escaped on August 5, 1699, and fled the country with Marie-Marguerite for the Low Countries. He failed to get a position there due to political uncertainty following the death of King Charles II of Spain, but on the recommendation of the Duke of Burgundy Desmarets was hired as maître de musique de la chambre to Read more the new King of Spain, Philip V, in 1701. The position there was uncertain, as Spain was almost continuously at war during the period, and local Spanish and Italian composers intrigued against the Frenchman. In 1707, Desmarets left for a more secure position with Leopold I, Duke of Lorraine. There he served with distinction, expanding and improving every aspect of musical life and writing theater, chapel, and chamber music. [The composer was pardoned in 1720 after the death of Louis XIV.]*

Despite the death sentence, Desmarets' music continued to be performed in Paris; he was particularly known for his operas and grand motets. In 1720 the Duke of Burgundy, now regent to the child king Louis XV, pardoned Desmarets and in 1722, Louis restored the pension granted by his grandfather. In 1726, Lalande died, and Desmarets tried once again to get the position of sous-maître. The position that he failed to get because he was too young again eluded him; he was now sixty-five years old. He returned to Lorraine and continued in his job there. Marie-Marguerite died in 1727, and Desmarets lived with his daughter by his first wife until he died at eighty.

- All Music Guide

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Works on This Recording

Dominus regnavit by Henry Desmarest
Performer:  Alain Buet (Bass Baritone), François St. Yves (Positive), Emmanuel Vistorky (Bass),
Hanna Bayodi (Soprano), Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Stephan Van Dyck (Tenor),
Marie-Louise Dutholt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1704 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Te Deum no 1 by Henry Desmarest
Performer:  Marie-Louise Dutholt (Soprano), Hanna Bayodi (Soprano), Emmanuel Vistorky (Bass),
Stephan Van Dyck (Tenor), Alain Buet (Bass Baritone), Robert Getchell (Countertenor),
François St. Yves (Positive)
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1678; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 34 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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