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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  • 26.
    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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    Charpentier: Musiques pour les funérailles de la reine Marie-Thérčse / 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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    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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    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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