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Louis Le Prince: Missa Macula Non Est In Te / Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel

Charpentier / Le Spirituel / Niquet
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 921627  
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierLouis Le PrinceJean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hervé Niquet once more returns to the gloriously rich world of 17th-century French sacred music with his musicians from Le Concert Spirituel. On this occasion, he is bringing to our attention a scarcely-known composer – in Louis Le Prince – who worked in Lisieux in Lower Normandy, interspersing the maître de chapelle’s Missa Macula non est in te with a mighty handful of motets by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (a figure much better known to us today in part through Hervé Niquet’s own frequent stylistically-masterful renditions of Charpentier’s music). Mass and motets are given in this recording from Glossa in versions for female voices and instruments. Whilst some of the pieces sung here were written specifically for high Read more voices, it was a regular practice in the Baroque era to perform polyphonic masses with forces locally available and, thus, convents could well have sung Le Prince’s six-part mass – a homage to the Virgin Mary – making use of female singers. This practice is outlined by Fannie Vernaz in her accompanying booklet article and follows in the line of Hervé Niquet’s exploration of the Requiem Mass by Pierre Bouteiller (a work which he adapted for a choir consisting only of male voices). The gorgeous sonorities of Charpentier’s motets (and a petit motet by Jean-Baptiste Lully) contribute to an Office constructed by Hervé Niquet around the Ordinary of the Mass by Louis Le Prince, to demonstrate with great clarity the variety of the musical glories of Louis XIV’s grand siècle. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gaudete fideles, H 306 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
2.
Missa Macula non est in te by Louis Le Prince
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1663 
3.
Ouverture pour le sacre d’un évêque, H 536 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?early 1690s; France 
4.
Magnificat, H 75 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683-1685; France 
5.
Gratiarum actiones pro restituta regis christistianissimi sanitate anno 1686, H 341 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1686; France 
6.
Elevation, H 245 "O prietosum" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1670s; France 
7.
O dulcissime Domine, LWV 77 no 9 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
8.
Domine salvum fac regem, H 299 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
Period: Baroque 

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