Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine
Jean-Christophe Spinosi Conductor
Among the sacred compositions that have found a central place in the repertoire, Fauré’s Requiem has a singular position. Far from the operatic or resounding Requiems composed by Mozart, Berlioz, Brahms or Verdi, this is an intimate score, with limited means, and great French charm. Of course, Fauré did not wish to outdo his glorious predecessors, but to be in tune with his time, when Parisian piety aimed to be within reach of the faithful and his composition is probably more in line with the recent Requiems of Liszt and Saint-Saens.
First performed at the Madeleine in 1888 for the first anniversary ceremony of the death of an architect, this work, which (apparently) plays on confidential tones, soon met with considerable success in concert. “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death, someone called it a death lullaby. But this is how I feel death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration to happiness beyond, rather than as a painful crossing.”
Jean-Christophe Spinosi will deploy all his talent in this admirable composition.
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Pavane op.50 for choir and orchestra
Cantique de Jean Racine op.11, version for choir and orchestra
Requiem op.48 in D minor
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a dead princess)
Royal ChapelMore info
Royal Chapel - Access map
PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.
Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility.
To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.
REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).
Holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport: reduced rate applicable to reservation by telephone only at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability).
→ Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles website
In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 40 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm).