Martini - Requiem for Louis XVI | Chateau de Versailles Spectacles CVS022

Martini - Requiem for Louis XVI

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Label: Chateau de Versailles Spectacles

Cat No: CVS022

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 31st July 2020

Contents

Artists

Adriana Gonzalez (soprano)
Julien Behr (tenor)
Andreas Wolf (bass-baritone)
Le Concert Spirituel

Conductor

Herve Niquet

Works

Martini, Jean Paul Egide

Messe de Requiem pour la Pompe funebre de Louis XVI et Marie Antoinette

Artists

Adriana Gonzalez (soprano)
Julien Behr (tenor)
Andreas Wolf (bass-baritone)
Le Concert Spirituel

Conductor

Herve Niquet

About

When it comes to his illustration of music at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, Martini had more to show than Plaisir d’Amour alone. The Bavarian would rise to glory at the French court and enjoy a privileged position among the sovereigns. Appointed Superintendent of the King’s Music in 1788, he fled France under the Terror before making a triumphant return to Paris with his opera Sapho, joined the Conservatoire in 1796, distanced himself from the stage and, finally, was reinstated as Superintendent in 1815. The same year, in Saint-Denis, he had the honour of hosting his Requiem Mass with a full orchestra, on 21 January 1815, when the remains of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were tranferred to the Royal Basilica. This Requiem in memory of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette was performed once again one year after, to mark the anniversary of the martyr King. However, this spectacular piece, written for three soloists, a full orchestra and choir, seems to date from 1811 and bears the musical accents of the Empire – fitting for a celebration of the monarchy! Hervé Niquet gives to this highly symbolic work of the history of France and Versailles, a resurrection that brings Martini back into the spotlight of the last monarchic splendour.

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