Namur Chamber Choir

Biography

Active: 1987 - ; Namur
The Namur Chamber Choir is a popular Belgian vocal ensemble best known for its performances and recordings of early and Baroque choral music. This group, known in French-speaking Europe as the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, is made up of at least a dozen singers, or as many as 32, depending upon the repertory. Speaking of repertory, though the NCC has a decided preference for early music, particularly the works of Lassus, J.S. Bach, Handel, Read more Charpentier, du Mont, Gossec, Fiocco, Gabrieli, Gretry, Gluck, and Pachelbel, members have also sung music by Haydn, Mozart, Fauré, and Franck, as well as works by contemporary composers like Henri Pousseur and Benoît Mernier, whose Missa Christi Regis Genitum (2000) the group recorded to great acclaim. The ensemble often performs with famous Baroque-style orchestras, such as Les Agrémens, La Petite Bande, Ricercar Consort, La Fenice, La Grande Ecurie, and the Chambre du Roy. The group's conductor since 2002 has been Jean Tubéry, but the ensemble often performs under the direction of a guest conductor, like such past luminaries as Roy Goodman, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Minkowski, Simon Halsey, and a host of other maestros associated with early music. The NCC has made more than 25 recordings spread over several labels, including Ricecar, Virgin Classics, RCA, Naďve, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Astrée-Auvidis, and other labels.

The Namur Chamber Choir was formed in 1987 by a Belgian musical organization, the Center for Choral Singing of the French-speaking Community of Belgium. The NCC receives funding from several governmental agencies, but has generally been successful in drawing large audiences and in the sales of recordings.

Until 2002, when Tubéry became the NCC's conductor, the ensemble had a string of notable conductors that included Pierre Cao, Denis Menier, Olivier Opdebeek, and Patrick Davin.

Initially, the group's repertory tended to favor the music of Walloon composers, such as Lassus and Gretry. But gradually the repertory expanded, as did the group's popularity. By the early years of the new century the NCC had become an internationally celebrated ensemble, for both its acclaimed concerts and prize-winning recordings. Indeed, they received a French Academy of Fine Arts Liliane Bettencourt Prize (2006), and for their recordings they were given numerous prizes, including Diapason d'Or and Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros awards.

Les Agrémens' later recordings include the 2009 Ricecar CD Bach: Christmas Cantatas, with Tubéry leading the ensemble. Read less
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    Zamponi: Ulisse All'isola Di Circe / Alarcon, Visse, Flores, Scheen, Zanasi
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 342 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioseffo Zamponi
    Performer:  Furio Zanasi,  Céline Scheen,  Mariana Flores,  Dominique Visse  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Clematis Ensemble,  Capella Mediterranea
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    Lully: Phaeton /  Perruche, Arquez, Caton, Druet, Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Performer:  Gaëlle Arquez,  Ingrid Perruche,  Emiliano Gonzalez Toro,  Isabelle Druet  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Gossec: Thesee / Van Waas, Les Agremens, Namur Chamber Choir
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 337 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  François Joseph Gossec
    Performer:  Virginie Pochon,  Frédéric Antoun,  Tassis Christoyannis,  Jennifer Borghi  ... 
    Conductor:  Guy Van Waas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
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    Carmina Latina / Alarcon, Namur Chamber Chorus, Clematis
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 334 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan de Araujo,  Joan Cererols,  Anonymous,  Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Clematis Ensemble,  Cappella Mediterránea
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    A Baroque Christmas [3-CD Set]
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 329 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various,  Samuel Scheidt,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckman  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  John Elwes,  Ian Honeyman,  James Bowman  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Boterf,  Jean Tubery,  Philippe Pierlot,  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Fenice  ... 
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  • 6.
    Love, Revelry And The Dance In Mediaeval Music / Millenarium [7-CD Set]
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 328 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Cantigas de Sa Anonymous,  Marcabru,  Troubadour Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Deslignes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Psallentes,  Millenarium  ... 
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    Handel: Sacred Music [6-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5312 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Lynne Dawson,  Chris de Moor,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Marc Minkowski,  Alan Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Antoine Dauvergne: La Venitienne
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 327 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Dauvergne
    Performer:  Chantal Santon-Jeffery,  Katia Velletaz,  Isabelle Cals,  Kareen Durand  ... 
    Conductor:  Guy Van Waas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
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  • 9.
    Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24269 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Monica Groop,  Yves Saelens,  Béatrice Cramoix,  Philip Defrancq  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande Chorus
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    Sigiswald Kuijken Edition
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1953082 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francesco Geminiani,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben,  Magdalena Kozená,  Midori Suzuki,  Knut Schoch  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Falvetti: Diluvio Universale /  Leonardo Garciá Alarcón, Cappella Mediterranea
    Label: Ambronay   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michelangelo Falvetti
    Performer:  Evelyn Ramirez Munoz,  Mariana Flores,  Caroline Weynants,  Magali Arnault  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Cappella Mediterránea
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  • 12.
    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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    Gretry: Cephale Et Procris / Guy Van Waas, Les Agremens
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  André Modeste Grétry
    Performer:  Bénédicte Tauran,  Katia Velletaz,  Pierre-Yves Pruvot,  Isabelle Cals  ... 
    Conductor:  Guy Van Waas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
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    Handel: Judas Maccabaeus / Alarcon, Les Agremens, Namur Chamber Chorus
    Label: Ambronay   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Mariana Rewerski,  Makoto Sakurada,  Alejandro Meerapfel,  Fabian Schofrin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcňn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Agrémens,  Namur Chamber Choir
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Kuijken, Mechelen
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93966 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Patrizia Biccire,  Monica Groop,  Werner Van Mechelen  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Namur Chamber Choir
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    Bach: Christmas Cantatas / Tubéry, Les Agrémens
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 257 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Agrémens,  Namur Chamber Choir
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    Neukomm: Missa Solemnis Pro Die Acclamationis Johannis VI / Malgoire
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 933722 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigismund R. von Neukomm
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 18.
    Rogier, Romero: Masses / Tubery, Namur Chamber Choir, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 271 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philippe Rogier,  Mateo Romero
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice,  Ricercar Consort,  Ensemble Doulce Mémoire  ... 
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  • 19.
    200 Years of Music at Versailles - A Journey to the Heart of French Baroque
    Label: Centre De Musique Baroque De Versai   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 10/07/2008   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Guillaume Lasceux,  Nicolas Séjean,  Henri-Joseph Rigel  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry,  Alain Buet,  Isabelle Poulenard,  Philippe Do  ... 
    Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jérémie Rhorer,  Jérôme Corréas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles,  Les Folies Françoises,  Les Agrémens  ... 
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    Grétry: La Caravane Du Caire / Minkowski, Ricercar Academy
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 268 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  André Modeste Grétry
    Performer:  Guy de Mey,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Isabelle Poulenard,  Gilles Ragon
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris,  Namur Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 21.
    Lambert De Sayve: Messe Du Sacre De L'empereur Mathias / Tubery, La Fenice, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 266 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lambert de Sayve,  Anonymous,  Allessandro Orologio
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  La Fenice,  Namur Chamber Choir
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    Gabrieli: In Festo Sanctissimae Trinitatis / Tubery, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 259 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Andrea Gabrieli
    Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel,  Stephan Van Dyck,  Eric Mentzel,  Rosa Dominguez
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 23.
    Llibre Vermell / Millenarium
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 260 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Gradual of Ali Anonymous,  Xavier Terrazza
    Conductor:  Christophe Deslignes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Millenarium
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  • 24.
    Haydn: Harmony Mass, Te Deum / Kuijken, La Petite Bande
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77337 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Monica Groop,  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande
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    Pachelbel: Christ Lag In Todesbunden, Etc / Tubery, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 255 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel
    Performer:  David van Bouwel
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
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