Le Concert Spirituel

Le Concert Spirituel was the first company to perform private concerts in France. Founded in the eighteenth century, it closed with the outbreak of French Revolution. Its name was revived by Hervé Niquet when he founded his ensemble of ancient instruments in 1987, bringing back to life the great French repertoire played at the court of Versailles. In this spirit, Le Concert Spirituel collaborates closely with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and is devoted to airing the works of the great composers of French musical heritage, from Charpentier to Lully, by ways of Campra or Boismortier.

Expanding its repertoire to Italian, English and other masters, Le Concert Spirituel has made a name for itself on the national and international stage as one of the authoritative ensembles for the interpretation of Baroque music. Guest to the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Château de Versailles each year, Le Concert Spirituel is also invited at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London’s Barbican Center and Wigmore Hall, at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Prom’s, at the Luxemburg Philharmonie, Tokyo Opera, BOZAR in Brussels, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Theater an der Wien etc.

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Hervé Niquet is proud to assemble an orchestra of keen musicians who interpret music, make instruments and conduct historical researches. This dynamic confederation provides for a "team ethic" which enables the realization of projects that are on the cutting edge of the latest discoveries in interpretation on period instruments. The Fireworks & Water Music production, whose recording received the Edison Award, is typical of this work.

While Le Concert Spirituel specializes in French sacred music and is recognized the world over for its work on this repertoire, an important part of its activity is also devoted to lyrical music. The ensemble unveiled works that received the most prestigious international awards : Marais's Sémélé was voted « Opera Recording of the Year » by the ECHO Klassik Awards in 2009, Grétry's Andromaque was awarded a “Grand Prix – Académie du disque Charles Cros” in 2010, and Campra’s Carnaval de Venise lately received the Supersonic Award and German Record Critic’s Award in 2011. This process involving French operas has given birth to a collection of book-CD's (last releases Vogel's La Toison d'Or, Mozart's Les Mystères d'Isis and Rameau's Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour with Glossa).
Since June 2015, Le Concert Spirituel has an exclusive recording engagement with Alpha Classics. Released in 2015: DVD Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (Château de Versailles's collection) and a CD Vivaldi's Gloria/Magnificat (last concert in November at the Salle Gaveau).

These musical adventures were also the opportunity to work with directors and choreographers as diverse as Gilles and Corinne Benizio (alias Shirley & Dino), Karol Armitage, Georges Lavaudant, Joachim Schloemer and Christian Schiaretti.

2016-2017 engagements include a new tour Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse’s Boismortier at the Théâtre impérial de Compiègne, Théâtre de Poissy, Pin Galant (Mérignac) and in Mexico for the Cervantino Festival; Handel’s Messiah at the Théâtre des Cahamps-Elysées with Sandrine Piau ; a recreation of Les Amants Mahniques’ Molière and Lully at the Opéras from Massy, Avignon, Rennes and Reims (stage director Vincent Tavernier) ; a new CD release with Alpha Classics Requiems by Plantade & Cherubini ; and the production King Arthur's Purcell at the Opéra royal du Château de Versailles (stage direction Corinne et Gilles Benizio).

Le Concert Spirituel is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the City of Paris.
Le Concert Spirituel thanks the donors of its Endowment Fund, especially SMA, donor for this season’s main staged production, and its individual donors of “Le Carré des Muses”.
Le Concert Spirituel is funded by its Principal Patrons:
Mécénat Musical Société Générale and Fondation Bru.

« To hear the Berlin Philharmonic of the Grand Siècle, you know what you have to do. »
Le Soir (Belgium)
« In the orchestra pit, Hervé Niquet leads a blazing Concert Spirituel, simply excellent, with his usual spirit. »
Le Monde (France)
« Hervé Niquet directed a Concert Spirituel whose rhythmic drive and panache utterly convince me that, for sheer grandeur, you could put Campra’s opera The Carnival of Venice up against half of Handel. »
New York Times (United-States)
« As in fashion, the French often bring an unrivalled style to music making. Vibrant colours, natural rhythms and force, crafty percussion, woodwinds and strings fuelled a highly spirited reading. »
The Washington Post (United-States)
« The twenty-years old ensemble has made its mark as the most thrilling orchestra of the french barock stage. »
L'Express (France)
« Italy hasn’t found its Niquet yet. »
Musica (Italy)
« This is an extraordinary experience – daunting, riveting and unique. »
The Guardian (United-Kingdom)
« A spectacular experience! »
Asahi Shimbum, Tokyo
« Niquet and his Concert Spirituel display the sort of effortless stylishness that makes this music a fresh as the day it was composed. »
The Financial Times (United Kingdom)
Invalides Copyright Nicole Bergé