• Odes de Purcell © Tage Alte Musik Regensburg
    Odes de Purcell © Tage Alte Musik Regensburg
  • Odes de Purcell © Tage Alte Musik Herne
    Odes de Purcell © Tage Alte Musik Herne

Saturday 16 December 2017, 8pm
Chapelle royale du Château de Versailles

Program

Henry PURCELL
Birthday Ode for Queen Mary, 1694 - Come ye Sons of Art
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695
Ode at Sainte-Cécile, 1692 - Hail, Bright Cecilia!

1h40 with intermission
 

Odes of Henry Purcell

Le Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet are among the best interpreters of Purcell, because they have devoted themselves for more than 15 years, to revive, whether in concert version or in staged staggered stagings the musics of the famous composer of Didon and Aeneas.

It is only fair that Hervé Niquet is now looking at the sacred and secular pieces of purcellian music, and proposes to apply his expertise of this repertoire to the most famous odes of Purcell!

Hervé Niquet wished to start this festive concert with one of the most popular Odes that Purcell composed on the occasion of the birth of Queen Mary (Come, ye Sons of Art) and later with a grave and solemn work written for the funeral of Queen Mary II of England in March 1695.

Hail! Bright Cecilia, also known as Ode to St. Cecilia, was composed by Henry Purcell in 1692 in honour of the feast day of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians.