Caroline Weynants, Caroline Bardot, Perrine Devillers, NN Sopranos
Vojtech Semerad, NN Countertenors
Etienne Bazola, Nicolas Brooymans Basses
Antonin Rondepierre, NN Baritones
Sébastien Daucé Conductor
Under Louis XIV, where religion was essential, the period of Easter was the most important in the religious practice of society. But the importance of Christmas period increased, to the point of taking second place in the hearts of the faithful. Thus, specific scores were dedicated to the times of Advent and the Nativity, using many popular melodies, and silencing the organ from the first Sunday of Advent until Christmas, when it resurfaced with vigour to perform the famous and varied Christmases!
If Charpentier gained new fame in France with the first notes of his Te Deum, his Midnight Mass is probably one of the main works which contributed to his reputation. It is an invitation to plunge back into a musical world where learned and popular traditions are not opposed, quite the contrary: all of Charpentier's art and science are illustrated in this invitation of traditional Christmas carols within a mass composed for Christmas Night, around 1690. These melodies were known to all, both peasants and gentlemen recognised them, set within subtle counterpoint and renewed harmony, enriched with orchestral parts. The pleasure of music was offered to all: from recognising a well-known tune to grasping its extraordinary arrangement. The modesty of the original songs also gives the whole mass a candour and simplicity that spoke to all at the time.
A vigil before Midnight Mass, in the manner of Charpentier’s great sacred stories, the In Nativitatem retraces the story of the Nativity where Angel Gabriel announces to the Shepherds the great news of the birth of Christ. Sébastien Daucé returns to this Christmas programme, which he has magnificently recorded, to celebrate the Nativity in a style admired by Louis XIV's Versailles.
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)
Sub tuum praesidium
Quam gloriosa dicta sunt de te
Salve Regina Usquequo domine
Messe de Minuit
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