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Thursday 14 June 2018, 7.30pm
Blythburgh Church
Concert Spirituel's residency at the Aldeburgh Festival

Concert program

Te Deum
Marches pour les trompettes
Ouverture du Malade Imaginaire H 495a
In Assumptione Beata Mariae Virginis H353 
In honorem Sancti Xaverij canticum H 355 
Epithalames en l’honneur de son altesse sérénissime Emmanuel-Maximilien Duc de Bavière H 473

Alice Glaie (dessus)
Julia Beaumier (dessus)
Clément Debieuvre (haute-contre)
François Joron (taille)
Jean-Christophe Lanièce (basse-taille)

Le Concert Spirituel, choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet, direction

Te Deum by Charpentier released by Glossa in 2001

Te Deum and Grand Motets for Louis XIV Victories

Who, better than Marc-Antoine Charpentier, illustrates the wealth and gold of the seventeenth century, when he was far from Louis XIV, his greatest king, by a Lully jealous of his talents? This Te Deum is one of the most exuberant and fervent works of the Sun King's Century.

"I know, it's only an alibi to perform Charpentier's music, but in 2018 we will celebrate the 375th anniversary of the birth of this genius.
I know, he composed so much that it's hard to choose. It's simple, around two noisy and gleaming pieces, namely the famous Te Deum and the unknown Epithalame for the Duke of Bavaria, St. Xavier and the Virgin Mary will be honoured under the pen of an inspired and lyrical Charpentier in two large sweet and colourful motets." Hervé Niquet

This program was recorded at Glossa, which was acclaimed by the press:

"The Te Deum has his master:
Finally, Niquet arrives at this work, an intimate work of Charpentier. Finally, here is the reference version. Never before had we heard so much lightness, instrumental profusion, sound colours and simplicity.  Niquet has no equal in restoring these vast pages to their original magnificence." Classica 

"One of the 10 most remarkable recordings of the month: Even those who already own one or two Te Deum will discover a new reading." Gramophone