Le Concert Spirituel

Founded in 1987 in order to bring back to life the great French repertoire played at the court of Versailles, the multi-award winning orchestra “Le Concert Spirituel”, under the baton of Hervé Niquet soon became one of the leading French early-music ensembles on period instruments (17th and 18th century). 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.

Guest in the most prestigious international concert halls (London’s Barbican Center and Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Prom’s, the Luxemburg Philharmonie, Tokyo Opera, BOZAR in Brussels, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Theater an der Wien), and in Paris each year at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Pleyel and Palace of Versailles, Le Concert Spirituel has been awarded many times.

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.

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 soon Christian Schiaretti. This process involving French operas has given birth to a collection of book-CD's in collaboration with the label Glossa (distributed by Harmonia Mundi), with whom Le Concert Spirituel has an exclusive recording engagement since 2000.

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 season Le Concert Spirituel celebrates Rameau (250th death anniversary) with: Castor et Pollux at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for the Opening of their season (stage director Christian Schiaretti) ; a new production “Gala Rameau” (Grands Motets: Quam dilecta, In Convertendo, Laboravi) at the Arsenal de Metz, Bijloke in Gand and the Galerie des Glaces of the Château de Versailles; and a new recording of Rameau’s Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (release September 2014 - Glossa / Harmonia Mundi). 2014-2015 engagements include also a production of Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (stage director Corinne and Gilles Benizio alias Shirley and Dino) at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole and the Opéra Royal de Versailles. In February 2015 Le Concert Spirituel will present a spectacular performance of Haendel’s Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks at the new Philharmonie de Paris.

Le Concert Spirituel, resident at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole and at the Arsenal de Metz – Metz en Scènes, is funded by the Ministry for the Arts and the Communication and the City of Paris.

Le Concert Spirituel is funded by Mécénat Musical Société Générale and the Fondation Bru.

Website: concertspirituel.com


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Dacian Predan

Thomas Voigt