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L'opéra des opéras

Katherine Watson, Karine Deshayes, Reinoud van Mechelen, Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet

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With an offbeat cover that looks a little like a 1950s Hollywood movie poster, Hervé Niquet and his Concert Spirituel are offering up a dive into the world of French 17th and 18th century opera, with works by Mondonville, Rameau, Campra, Dauvergne, Francoeur, Leclair, Lully, Charpentier, Marais and rediscovered works by figures with some very Ancien Régime names such as François Colin de Blamont or Toussaint Bertin de la Doué. But behind this procession of names is Hervé Niquet's impish humour: he has cobbled together an imaginary opera to mark 30 years of the Concert Spirituel.

He tells the story in his own, inimitable words: "Our story is very simple: a young lead, a courageous fop, loves a most beautiful princess. But an evil sorceress, jealous of this idyll, sets out to hurt our pair however she can. But my lord! Of course! That's exactly the story of an American show that I watched on Thursday afternoons when I was younger: Bewitched! I imagined a cover with a photo of our beloved trio and I showed it to our editor: everyone in the office burst out laughing. Katherine (Watson) alias Samantha, Karine (Deshayes) who plays Endora and Reinoud (van Mechelen) who becomes Darrin Stephens have all become used to my ways and they haven't taken umbrage at this comparison. See how simple the elements of opera are! And at the end of the day, this is the story of a thirty-year love affair with the Concert Spirituel. So: vive le pastiche, and vive Bewitched!

Recorded in October 2017 at the Opéra Royal de Versailles in collaboration with the Versailles Baroque Music Centre and the Concert Spirituel, this imaginary opera is very much in keeping with the rules of an era when pasticci abounded and scores weren't set in stone but evolved to match opportunities and singers' personalities. Happy birthday, then, to the Concert Spirituel! © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Titon et l'Aurore, Op.7: Ouverture
Katherine Watson
00:03:37

Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondoville, Composer

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

2
Le jugement de Pâris: Air "Règne toujours..."
Le Concert Spirituel
00:02:52

Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, Lyricist - Toussaint Bertin de la Doué, Composer

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

3
Les fêtes d'Hébé, RCT 41: Pantomime
Le Concert Spirituel
00:00:57

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

4
Le carnaval du Parnasse: Air lent et gracieux
Le Concert Spirituel
00:00:58

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

5
Hippolyte et Aricie, RCT 43: "Espoir, unique bien..."
Karine Deshayes
00:01:44

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

6
Achille et Déidamie: "Timbales et trompettes..."
Le Concert Spirituel
00:02:07

André Campra, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Antoine Danchet, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

7
Dardanus, RCT 35: Air "Hâtons-nous ; courons à la gloire..."
Reinoud Van Mechelen
00:02:07

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Charles-Antoine Leclerc de La Bruere, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

8
Achille et Déidamie: Duo "Volez, jeune héros, volez dans les combats..."
Katherine Watson
00:02:23

André Campra, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Antoine Danchet, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

9
Les Fêtes d'Hébé, RCT 41: Air pour Mars et charge militaire
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:53

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

10
Les Amours de Tempé: Prélude
Le Concert Spirituel
00:00:52

Antoine Dauvergne, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

11
Hercule mourant: Air et chœur "Dieu, grand dieu, sois sensible..."
Karine Deshayes
00:02:21

Antoine Dauvergne, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Jean-François Marmontel, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

12
Énée et Lavinie: Le chœur "Quel bruit affreux se fait entendre..."
Le Concert Spirituel
00:02:20

Antoine Dauvergne, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Pascal Collasse, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

13
Les Fêtes de Polymnie, RCT 39: Récit "Ce son brillant annonce la victoire..."
Katherine Watson
00:00:38

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis de Cahusac, Lyricist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

14
Le Temple de la Gloire, RCT 59: Le chœur "Ô grandeur ! ô clémence..."
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:24

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Voltaire, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

15
Les Fêtes d'Hébé, RCT 41: Air et chœur "Éclatante trompette, annoncez..."
Karine Deshayes
00:04:29

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Antoine-César Gautier de Montdorge, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

16
Les Fêtes grecques et romaines: Duo "Aimons-nous..."
Katherine Watson
00:01:23

Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Louis Fuzelier, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - François Colin de Blamont, Composer - Katherine Watson, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

17
Hippolyte et Aricie, RCT 43: "Je vous entends..."
Karine Deshayes
00:00:56

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

18
Scanderberg: Récit et air "Tout est prêt..."
Karine Deshayes
00:03:00

Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Francois Francoeur, Composer - Antoine Houdar De La Motte, Lyricist - François Rebel, Composer - Jean-Louis-Ignace de La Serre, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

19
Scylla et Glaucus: Prélude
Le Concert Spirituel
00:02:00

Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Jean-Marie Leclair, Composer

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

20
Médée, H.491: Air "Quel prix de mon amour..."
Karine Deshayes
00:03:20

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Thomas Corneille, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

21
Médée, H.491: Air et chœur "Noires filles du Styx..."
Karine Deshayes
00:02:15

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Thomas Corneille, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

22
Méléagre: Prélude
Le Concert Spirituel
00:00:45

Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste Stuck, Composer

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

23
Scylla et Glaucus: Récit et chœur "Du flambeau de la nuit..."
Karine Deshayes
00:00:52

Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Jean-Marie Leclair, Composer - D'Albaret, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

24
Alcyone: Tempête
Reinoud Van Mechelen
00:02:51

Marin Marais, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Antoine Houdar De La Motte, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

25
Dardanus, RCT 35: Air "Lieux funestes..."
Reinoud Van Mechelen
00:03:29

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Charles-Antoine Leclerc de La Bruere, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

26
Les Muses: Récit "Il n'est plus..."
Karine Deshayes
00:02:19

André Campra, Composer - Karine Deshayes, MainArtist - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Antoine Danchet, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

27
Callirhoé: Entracte
Le Concert Spirituel
00:01:33

Antoine Dauvergne, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Andre Cardinal Destouches, Composer

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

28
Pyrame et Thisbé: Récit "Tout ce que j'adorais..."
Katherine Watson
00:01:19

Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Francois Francoeur, Composer - François Rebel, Composer - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Jean-Louis-Ignace de La Serre, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

29
Le Carnaval de Venise: Air "Mes yeux, fermez-vous à jamais..."
Le Concert Spirituel
00:02:56

André Campra, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Jean-François Régnard, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

30
Jephté: Récit et chœur "Quels pleurs..."
Le Concert Spirituel
00:00:40

Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

31
Jephté: Prélude
Le Concert Spirituel
00:00:35

Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

32
Hypermnestre: Scène et duo "Je vous revois, princesse..."
Katherine Watson
00:04:30

Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - Katherine Watson, MainArtist - Charles-Hubert Gervais, Composer - Joseph de Lafont, Lyricist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

33
Armide: Passacaille
Reinoud Van Mechelen
00:08:29

Philippe Quinault, Lyricist - Jean-Baptiste LULLY, Composer - Le Concert Spirituel, MainArtist - Herve Niquet, MainArtist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2019 Le Concert Spirituel & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Album Description

With an offbeat cover that looks a little like a 1950s Hollywood movie poster, Hervé Niquet and his Concert Spirituel are offering up a dive into the world of French 17th and 18th century opera, with works by Mondonville, Rameau, Campra, Dauvergne, Francoeur, Leclair, Lully, Charpentier, Marais and rediscovered works by figures with some very Ancien Régime names such as François Colin de Blamont or Toussaint Bertin de la Doué. But behind this procession of names is Hervé Niquet's impish humour: he has cobbled together an imaginary opera to mark 30 years of the Concert Spirituel.

He tells the story in his own, inimitable words: "Our story is very simple: a young lead, a courageous fop, loves a most beautiful princess. But an evil sorceress, jealous of this idyll, sets out to hurt our pair however she can. But my lord! Of course! That's exactly the story of an American show that I watched on Thursday afternoons when I was younger: Bewitched! I imagined a cover with a photo of our beloved trio and I showed it to our editor: everyone in the office burst out laughing. Katherine (Watson) alias Samantha, Karine (Deshayes) who plays Endora and Reinoud (van Mechelen) who becomes Darrin Stephens have all become used to my ways and they haven't taken umbrage at this comparison. See how simple the elements of opera are! And at the end of the day, this is the story of a thirty-year love affair with the Concert Spirituel. So: vive le pastiche, and vive Bewitched!

Recorded in October 2017 at the Opéra Royal de Versailles in collaboration with the Versailles Baroque Music Centre and the Concert Spirituel, this imaginary opera is very much in keeping with the rules of an era when pasticci abounded and scores weren't set in stone but evolved to match opportunities and singers' personalities. Happy birthday, then, to the Concert Spirituel! © François Hudry/Qobuz

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