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Cherubini (1760-1842): Requiem for Louis XVI; Charles-Henri Plantade (1764-1839): Requiem in Memory of Marie-Antoinette / Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet

Album Summary

>Cherubini, Luigi : Requiem no 1 (à la mémoire de Louis XVI), for chorus & orchestra in C minor
>Plantade, Charles-Henri : Messe des Morts, for chorus & orchestra in D minor ("A La Mémoire de Marie-Antoinette")
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In 1817, two years after the restoration of the monarchy by Louis XVIII, the French court attended a performance of Cherubini's Requiem in memory of Louis XVI. A few years later, the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Marie-Antoinette provided the occasion for giving Charles-Henri Plantade's Messe des morts in her memory. In 2015, the two works were presented in a single concert at Versailles Palace. While Cherubini's Requiem, scored for mixed choir and orchestra, but without soloists, is well known, Charles-Henri Plantade's setting, which shares the same formal characteristics, is a complete discovery. It provides a striking transitional stage between the models of the Ancien Regime and early Romanticism, and displays a wealth of invention reminiscent of Mehul, Cherubini, and even Rossini. This is the first recording of Plantade's work, which was revived at the spurring of the Palazzetto Bru Zane. A noted specialist in French music and large-scale sacred pieces, Herve Niquet brings out the full strength of these two works, recorded in the Chapelle Royale at Versailles.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapelle royale du Château de Versailles (01/21/2016/01/22/2016).



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>Cherubini, Luigi : Requiem no 1 (à la mémoire de Louis XVI), for chorus & orchestra in C minor
  • Conductor: Hervé Niquet
  • Ensemble: Le Concert Spirituel
  • Notes: Chapelle royale du Château de Versailles (01/21/2016/01/22/2016)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1816

>Plantade, Charles-Henri : Messe des Morts, for chorus & orchestra in D minor ("A La Mémoire de Marie-Antoinette")
  • Conductor: Hervé Niquet
  • Notes: Chapelle royale du Château de Versailles (01/21/2016/01/22/2016)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical