Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Biography

Born: 1643; Paris, France   Died: February 24, 1704; Paris, France  
Long completely forgotten and then hailed, in the twentieth century, as a Baroque genius, Charpentier was born in Paris, in 1643. In the mid-1660s, he traveled to Rome, where he spent three years studying with Carissimi and mastering the Italian style. Upon his return to Paris, Charpentier accepted employment and patronage from the powerful and pious Marie de Lorraine, known as Mademoiselle de Guise, last scion of the illustrious Guise family. In Read more 1627, already known for his religious music, Charpentier agreed to provide incidental music for Molière's comedies. With astounding facility, the church composer wrote witty, charming, and delightful music in perfect consonance with Molière's comedic genius, as exemplified by the extraordinary score for Le Malade imaginaire. Nevertheless, church music remained Charpentier's primary vocation, and he steadily wrote masses, motets, hymns, and various other liturgical pieces. After Mademoiselle de Guise died in 1688, Charpentier found employment at the college Louis le Grand, where his accomplishments included the Latin oratorio David et Jonathas, a dramatic masterpiece. His next post was at the Jesuit Church of St. Louis, where he composed music for various aspects of the Catholic liturgy. In 1693, Charpentier's Medea, a tragédie en musique, had its premiere at the Academie Royale. If the composer thought this extraordinary work would secure him a royal appointment, he was mistaken, for the audience seemed deaf to the music. In 1698, Charpentier became music master for children at the Sainte-Chapelle, remaining there until his death. Two and a half centuries after Charpentier's death, millions heard the opening bars of his stunningly brilliant Te Deum (H. 146), selected as Eurovision's official theme. A master of harmonic and melodic invention, Charpentier satisfies the three prerequisites for beauty formulated by St. Thomas Aquinas: consonantia (harmony), integritas (perfection), and claritas (brilliance). This quintessentially Catholic composer ingeniously resolved the perceived conflict between faith and pure beauty by creating music in which devotion and beauty cannot be separated. Indeed, musicologist Catherine Cessac captured the essence of Charpentier's music when she wrote that the "grandeur and originality of Charpentier's music is due to a combination of exceptional musical talent and deep faith, each complementing the other." Read less
Musique Pour Mazarin! - Charpentier, Rossi, Lully, Etc / Le Jardin Secret
Release Date: 06/10/2008   Label: Coro  
Catalog: 16060   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 201.
    Millennium Of Music Vol 2 - Alleluia This Sweete Songe
    Label: Valley Entertainment Classics   Catalog: 15024 Release Date: 06/03/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Paul Hillier,  Dominique Vellard,  Alfred Deller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Theatre of Voices,  Anonymous 4  ... 
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  • 202.
    Kyrie - Classical Music For Reflection And Meditation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556707 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando de Lassus,  Johann Christian Bach,  Mattias Gascogne,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Hommel,  Victoria Lukianetz,  Kurt Azesberger,  Robert Holzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Hervé Niquet,  Helmut Müller-Brühl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Camerata Budapest,  Capilla Flamenca  ... 
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  • 203.
    Salve Regina - Classical Music For Reflection And Meditation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556709 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Alamire,  Anonymous,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Ockeghem  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Hervé Niquet,  Eric Crees,  David Van Asch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca,  La Caccia,  Northern Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 204.
    Charpentier: Acteon / William Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951095 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Agnès Mellon,  Guillemette Laurens,  Jill Feldman,  Françoise Paut  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 205.
    Classical Music For Reflection And Meditation - Miserere
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556712 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Orazio Benevoli,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Bartolomeo Trosylho  ... 
    Conductor:  Hervé Niquet,  Bo Holten,  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel,  Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble,  Capilla Flamenca  ... 
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  • 206.
    Charpentier: Trois Histoires Sacrees / Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8821 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Ronan Nédélec,  Nicolas Bauchau,  Jean-François Novelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
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  • 207.
    Festive Baroque - Albinoni, Corelli, Et Al / Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469247 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Hans-Peter Westermann,  Piet Dhont,  Michael Niesemann  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Reinhard Goebel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 208.
    Processional & Reflective Music For Weddings /Offstage Brass
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7218 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Alistair King,  Gabriel Fauré,  William Byrd  ... 
    Conductor:  Tim Hawes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra Off-Stage Brass
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  • 209.
    Charpentier: Te Deum, Motets / Martin Gester, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30297 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  François-Nicolas Geslot,  Salome Haller,  Brigitte Chevigné,  Stephan Van Dyck  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Gester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Parlement de Musique,  Maîtrise de Bretagne
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  • 210.
    Ombra Mai Fu / Gerard Lesne, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 45179 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonio Caldara,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Catherine Greuillet,  Caroline Pelon,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Nancy Hadden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra,  Tragicomedia members  ... 
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  • 211.
    Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol 4 / Le Concert Spirituel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554453 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
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  • 212.
    Music For Trumpet - Handel, Haydn, Et Al / Maurice André
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 73374 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Alessandro Marcello,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André,  Alfred Mitterhofer
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 213.
    Charpentier: Nöels & Christmas Motets / Aradia Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554514 Release Date: 11/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
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  • 214.
    Christmas À La Carte / Bartoli, Domingo, Mutter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459155 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Fauré,  Saverio Mercadante,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Placido Domingo,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Simon Preston,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 215.
    Favourite Baroque Classics / Goodman, Brandenburg Consort
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55020 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Gallo,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Roy Goodman,  Katharina Arfken,  Stephen Keavy,  Lisa Beznosiuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort
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  • 216.
    Musique À Versailles - Charpentier: Grâce Et Grandeurs
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61527 Release Date: 04/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Emmanuel Mandrin,  Sylvie Moquet,  Delphine Collot,  Catherine Greuillet  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Mandrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr
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  • 217.
    Charpentier: Divertissements, Airs Et Concerts / Christie
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 425485 Release Date: 03/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Kaori Uemura,  Anne-Marie Lasla,  Emmanuel Balssa,  Alix Verzier  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
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  • 218.
    Invitation  Charpentier: Les Quatuor Anni Tempestates, Etc
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 10004 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Noémi Rime,  Bernard Delétré
    Conductor:  Martin Gester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Parlement de Musique
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  • 219.
    Concert De Danse / Kuijken, Crook, La Petite Bande
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 96122 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Michel Richard Delalande,  Jean-Féry Rebel  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Crook
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
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  • 220.
    Classic Wynton
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60804 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Niccolò Paganini,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Anthony Newman,  Judith Lynn Stillman,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Donald Hunsberger,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 221.
    Saints & Sinners / Jos Van Veldhoven, Cappella Figuralis
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 12498 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carolus Hacquart,  Benedictus a Sancto Josep,  Servaas De Koninck,  Augustin Pfleger  ... 
    Performer:  Bas Ramselaar,  Johannette Zomer,  Peter de Groot,  Otto Bouwknegt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Figuralis
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  • 222.
    The All-star Christmas Album / Battle, Brightman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457357 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  James Lancelot,  Paul Miles-Kingston,  Sarah Brightman,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Ion Marin,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 223.
    The Complete Wedding Album - There Is Love
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80490 Release Date: 04/28/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Richard Wagner,  Samuel Barber,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Joseph Silverstein,  Larry Cooperman,  Michael Chertock  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Erich Kunzel,  Leonard Slatkin,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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  • 224.
    Charpentier: Te Deum / Minkowski, Les Musiciens Du Louvre
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 453479 Release Date: 09/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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  • 225.
    Charpentier: Te Deum, Mass, Etc / Niquet, Concert Spirituel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553175 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Conductor:  Hervé Niquet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Spirituel
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