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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
Sacrifices - Charpentier, Carissimi / Bates, La Nuova Musica
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807588   Number of Discs: 1
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Charpentier: Messe De Minuit Pour Noel / The Virgin Consort
Release Date: 10/22/1996   Label: Gothic Records  
Catalog: 49077   Number of Discs: 1
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Charpentier - Deux Oratorios /Christie, Les Arts Florissants
Release Date: 05/13/2003   Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord  
Catalog: 195066   Number of Discs: 1
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Charpentier: Noels And Christmas Motets
Release Date: 09/10/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557036   Number of Discs: 1
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Charpentier: Pastorale De Noel / William Christie, Les Arts Florissants
Release Date: 11/08/2011   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 2921082   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    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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  • 203.
    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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  • 204.
    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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  • 205.
    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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  • 206.
    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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  • 207.
    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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  • 208.
    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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  • 209.
    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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  • 210.
    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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  • 211.
    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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  • 212.
    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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  • 213.
    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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  • 214.
    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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  • 215.
    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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  • 216.
    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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  • 217.
    Sound The Trumpet! / Andre, Smithers, Hardenberger, Laird
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454421 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Grossi,  Domenico Gabrielli,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Johann Melchior Molter  ... 
    Performer:  Don Smithers,  Desmond Dupré,  Simon Preston,  Maria Teresa Garatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Elgar Howarth,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 218.
    Charpentier: Les Plaisirs De Versailles, Etc / Christie
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 014774 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Paul Agnew,  François Piolino,  Patricia Petibon,  Sophie Daneman  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 219.
    Pachelbel - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62680 Release Date: 10/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Pachelbel,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  E. Power Biggs,  Raymond Leppard,  Gustav Leonhardt,  John Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Zoltan Rosznyai,  Enoch zu Guttenberg,  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Chamber Orchestra,  Hessian Radio Chorus Frankfurt,  Hessian Radio Orchestra Frankfurt  ... 
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  • 220.
    Charpentier: Messe De Minuit Pour Noel / The Virgin Consort
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49077 Release Date: 10/22/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Conductor:  Kyler Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virgin Consort
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  • 221.
    Freedom, Merriment & Joy / Boston Gay Men's Chorus
    Label: Afka   Catalog: 432 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Harding Thiman,  Hugh Martin,  Jay Livingston,  John Frederic Coots  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Barney
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Gay Men's Chorus,  Boston Gay Men's Chorus Orchestra
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  • 222.
    In Gabriel's Garden / Wynton Marsalis, Newman, English Co
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66244 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Ian Watson,  Charles Tunnell,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 223.
    Charpentier: Te Deum, Etc / Ivor Bolton, Et Al
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 12465 Release Date: 05/07/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  François Roberday
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. James' Singers,  St. James Baroque Players
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  • 224.
    For Weddings / Kevin Bowyer
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7712 Release Date: 04/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  John Stanley,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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  • 225.
    Charpentier: La Descente D'orphée / Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 011913 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Kaori Uemura,  Philippe Pierlot,  Anne-Marie Lasla,  Serge Saitta  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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