• Le Concert Spirituel présente Orazio Benevolo
    Le Concert Spirituel présente Orazio Benevolo
  • Benevolo à Utrecht | Le Concert Spirituel
    Benevolo à Utrecht | Le Concert Spirituel
  • Benevolo à Utrecht | Le Concert Spirituel
    Benevolo à Utrecht | Le Concert Spirituel
  • Benevolo au Festival de Radio France Montpellier Occitanie
    Benevolo au Festival de Radio France Montpellier Occitanie
  • Benevolo à la Cité de la Musique
    Benevolo à la Cité de la Musique

Thursday 29 June 2017, 8pm
Kloster Eberbach
With the Rheingau Musik Festival

Monday 10 July 2017, 8.30pm
Basilique Sainte-Germaine de Pibrac
With the  Festival de Radio France Occitanie Montpellier
Broadcast by France Musique

Monday 281 and Tuesday 292 August 2017, 8pm (9pm Tuesday)
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
With the Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival
Concert 1 for everyone,
Concert 2 only for 18-35 years old.

Friday 15 September 2017, 7pm
Cathédrale Sainte Marie-Madeleine, Wroclaw
With the Festival Wratislavia Cantans

Sunday 17 June 2018, 5.30pm
Chapelle royale du Château de Versailles

Program
Mass Si Deus pro nobis et Magnificat by Orazio Benevolo 
Cantate Domino by Claudio Monteverdi
& motets by Frescobaldi and Palestrina

Le Concert Spirituel 8 choirs for 4 voices
7 chefs de choeur en relais

1h10  (without intermission)

Hervé Niquet would especially like to thank Elisabeth Geiger and Philippe Canguilhem without whom this project could never have been achieved. Posthumous thanks go to Jean Lionnet for the transcriptions of Benevolo’s works.
The score of Benevolo’s Magnificat for 16 voices found at the Library of Trento has been given by Marco Giuliani to Philippe Canguilhem.

With the support of the Fondation Bettencourt-Schuller.

Fondation Bettencourt Schueller

Monumental baroque for 8 choirs

Hervé Niquet has built this program of monumental polyphony in the wake of Alessandro Striggio’s 40-parts Mass’s success story. For Le Concert Spirituel’s 30th anniversary, Hervé Niquet decided to prove his expertise on monumental baroque once more, and rebuild the musical « déroulé » of a religious service, like it happened back then at St Louis of the French in Roma. The program will illustrate the triumph of the Roman papacy, mainly embodied nowadays in the architectural legacy of Borromini and Bernini.

Le Concert Spirituel will present another UFO from the mid-XVIIth century, the Mass “Si Deus pro nobis” by Orazio Benevolo. Born in Rome in 1605, Benevolo is nowadays almost completely forgotten about.  He was nevertheless considered, both during his lifetime and 50 years at least after his death, one of the worthiest successors of Palestrina.
This typical Italian work, opulent, theatrical and bright seduced Hervé Niquet by its extremely wide and sounding architecture and its post-Palestrinian counterpoint.