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, Naïve, 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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  • 26.
    Gluck: Philemon & Baucis / Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 9995 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Marie Lenormand,  Magnus Staveland,  Ditte Anderson,  Ann Hallenberg
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 27.
    Carmina Burana - Officium Lusorum / Millenarium, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Millenarium,  Psallentes,  Namur Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 28.
    Grand Motets: Gretry, Gossec, Giroust
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617181 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Joseph Gossec,  François Giroust,  André-Ernest-Mode Grétry
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
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  • 29.
    Carissimi: Vanitas Vanitatum / Tubéry, Mamel, Et Al
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 1644 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Carissimi
    Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Fenice
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  • 30.
    Charpentier: Te Deum / Tubéry, La Fenice, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens,  La Fenice
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  • 31.
    Romero: Office Pour L'ordre De La Toison D'or
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 229 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mateo Romero
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Fenice
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  • 32.
    Du Mont: Motets; Hayne: Requiem / Ricercar Consort, La Fenice
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 230 Release Date: 11/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Du Mont,  Gilles Hayne
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Henri Ledroit
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Ricercar Consort
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  • 33.
    Charpentier: Musiques pour les funérailles de la reine Marie-Thérèse / Devos
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4617432 Release Date: 08/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Zeger Vandersteene,  Marina Smolders,  Kurt Widmer,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Devos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Polyphonica,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 34.
    Gossec: Missa Pro Defunctis / Malgoire, Haller, Buet, Et Al
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617152 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  François Joseph Gossec
    Performer:  Salome Haller,  Ingrid Perruche,  Katalin Varkonyi,  Cyril Auvity  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 35.
    German Baroque Christmas / La Fenice, Ricercar Consort, Etc
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 221 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Sancti Michaelis Vocal Ensemble,  La Fenice,  Namur Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 36.
    J.c. Bach: Gloria In Excelsis, Kuijken, Les Agrémens
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Lluis Vilamajó,  Stephan Macleod,  Barbara Hölzl,  Valerie Gabail
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
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  • 37.
    Mernier: Missa Christi Regis Genitum, Etc / Opdebeeck, Et Al
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 4612 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benoit Mernier
    Performer:  Benoit Mernier
    Conductor:  Olivier Opdebeeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 38.
    Inspired Voices - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63833 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Randall Thompson  ... 
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Anna Moffo,  Sandrine Piau,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Roy Goodman,  Richard Westenburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande  ... 
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  • 39.
    Inspired Joy - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63831 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Michala Petri,  Keith Jarrett,  Gottfried Von der Goltz  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Thomas Hengelbrock,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Namur Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 40.
    Veritas - Messe En La Memoire D'un Prince - Charpentier
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 45394 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Roberday,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Louis Couperin
    Performer:  Jean-Marc Aymes,  Caroline Pelon,  Pascal Bertin,  Hans Jörg Mammel  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Tubery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fenice,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 41.
    Pousseur: Dichterliebesreigentraum /Bartholomée, Ader, Et Al
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 7602 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Pousseur
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Marianne Pousseur,  Brigitte Foccroulle,  Alice Ader
    Conductor:  Pierre Bartholomée
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Souris: Le Marchand D'images / Baton, Liege Po
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 7607 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Souris
    Performer:  Christine Solhosse,  Patrick Ringal-Daxhelet,  Claude Flagel,  Anne-Catherine Gillet
    Conductor:  Patrick Baton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Children's Choir,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 43.
    Fiocco: Missa Concertata, Sacri Concerti, Sonata Da Chiesa
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 3615 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Fiocco
    Performer:  Lia Serafini,  Sylvie Althaparro,  Giuseppe Naviglio,  Stefano Di Fraja  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Florio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini,  Namur Chamber Choir
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  • 44.
    La Musique Au Temps Des Castrats - Gluck, Vivaldi, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8552 Release Date: 03/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Riccardo Broschi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gregorio Allegri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Ewa Malas-Godlewska,  James Bowman,  Dominique Visse  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Bernard Fabre-Garrus,  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Ensemble a Sei Voci  ... 
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  • 45.
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8538 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Lynne Dawson,  Claron McFadden,  James Bowman
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
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  • 46.
    Haendel/Mozart: Le Messie / Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8509 Release Date: 12/28/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Stephen Varcoe,  Lynne Dawson,  Hans Peter Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
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