Le Concert Spirituel
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Concert Spirituel was the first private concert society in France, founded in the 18th century. It was dissolved with the French Revolution. Its name was taken in 1087 by Hervé Niquet when he founded his ensemble, aiming to revive the great works of the French repertoire played at the court of Versailles.
Le Concert Spirituel collaborates closely with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles and makes the great composers of French heritage heard, such as Charpentier, Lully, Campra and Boismortier.
If Le Concert Spirituel is specialized in the interpretation of French sacred music, a significant part of its activity is also devoted to the lyrical field. Many operas have been performed by the ensemble, such as Daphnis et Chloé by Boismortier, Rameau's Pygmalion, Mozart's Don Giovanni, as well as Purcell's King Arthur and The Indian Queen
The ensemble devotes a large part of its time to the rediscovery of forgotten works from the French repertoire, such as Callirhoé by André Cardinal Destouches, Lully's Proserpine, Sémélé by Marin Marais, Guétry's Andromaque, Campra's Le carnaval de Venise and Catel's Sémiramis.
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- Official website
- Le Concert Spîrituel on ResMusica
- Le Concert Spirituel aux Nuits de la Citadelle de Sisteron
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