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Home » French Composers » M-A Charpentier

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Discography 1978 - 2010

Review of the OAE touring production of David et Jonathas (H. 490, 1688).

Review of the Les Arts Florissants 25th Anniversary Tour (Charpentier), with comments on the state of historically-informed performance.

Review of the Opera Lafayette production of Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, Washington, D.C., October 19, 2009

Links

Reflections on Four Charpentier Chronologies. By Shirley Thompson. JSCM 7.1 (2001).

The Musicological Musings of Patricia M. Ranum - Introduction [Website down as of 12/2005]

  • Musings on Marc-Antoine Charpentier and the Guises
  • Charpentier-Guise Chronologies 1670-1688
  • Guise Activities Year-by-Year 1670-1688
  • Charpentier's Compositions Notebook by Notebook, 1670-1688

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, musicien du baroque

Catologue Charpentier after H. Wiley Hitchcock with discography

Espace Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Charpentier page by Les Musiciens de Mlle de Guise, with opera librettos and music

Music and Theater in 17th Century France by John S. Powell. Superb website with many articles and facsimile librettos. Some excerpts:

La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas and Le Mariage forcé by Molière, music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; edited and reconstructed by John S. Powell.

Le Malade imaginaire (1673, rev. 1674, 1682, and 1685-86) by Molière, music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; edited by John S. Powell.

Andromède (1650, rev. 1682) by Pierre Corneille, music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; edited by John S. Powell.

Circé (1675) by Thomas Corneille, music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; edited by John S. Powell.

Performance Practice at the Théâtre de Guénégaud and the Comédie-Française, after the manuscript indications of Charpentier, by John S. Powell (pdf). (Paper presented at "Charpentier and His World" at the University of Birmingham, U.K., April 2004).

Recent Recordings

Charpentier. David & Jonathan H.490 (1688). Tragédie biblique. Livret du Père Bretonneau. ABC Classics 4763691 (2 CDs, December 2009). Details / Libretto (pdf) (Dyslexic, right-justified English version.) Anthony Walker, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes. David: Anders Dahlin, tenor; Jonathan: Sara Macliver, soprano; Saül: Dean Robinson, bass; Achis: Richard Anderson, bass; Joabel: Simon Lobelson, baritone; La Pythonisse: Paul McMahon, tenor; L'Ombre de Samuel: David Parkin, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
M-A Charpentier. Tristes Déserts. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 070302 (1 CD, March 2007). Details. Contents: Orphée descendant aux Enfers H.471; Epitaphium Carpentarii H.474; Stances du Cid H.457-459; Airs sérieux et à boire. Gérard Lesne, countertenor & director, Il Seminario Musicale. Cyril Auvity, tenor; Edwin Crossley-Mercer, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Judicium Salomonis H.422 (1702). Virgin 59294-2 (1 CD, September 2006). Details. Also includes Motet pour une longue offrande H.434 (1702). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Salomon: Paul Agnew, haute-contre; Deus: Neal Davies, bass; Vera Mater: Ana Quintans, soprano; Falsa Mater: Marc Molomot, haute-contre; Historicus & Populus: Marc Mauillon, tenor; Populus: João Fernandes, bass; Populus: Leif Aruhn-Solén, haute-contre; Marie-Claude Chappuis, mezzo-soprano; Maud Gnidzaz, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
M-A Charpentier. Messe (H.3) & Te Deum (H.145) à Huit Voix. Glossa GCD 921611 (1 CD, June 2006). Details. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
M-A Charpentier. Messe pour le Port Royal (H.5) et Motets. Nivers. Pièces d'Orgue alternées. Arion ARN 68714 (1 CD, June 2006). Frédéric Muñoz, historic organ by J-B Micot at the Cathédrale de Saint Pons de Thomières. Marie-Paule Nounou, Ensemble Arianna. FR | DE
M-A Charpentier. Méditations pour le Carême. Alpha 091 (1 CD, March 2006). Frédéric Desenclos, Ensemble Pierre Robert. Marcel Beekman, haute-contre; Robert Getchall, tenor; Robert Muuse, baritone. Plus Pour le St Sacrement, Elevation "Verbum caro", Elevation "O Amor", Prose pour le jour de Pâques "Victimae paschali laudes", and works by de Grigny and Lebègue. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Music for the Virgin Mary. Signum SIGCD 073 (1 CD, February 2006). Details. Concerto delle Donne. Alastair Ross, anonymous 1690 organ in Rozay-en-Brie. Donna Deam, Faye Newton & Gill Ross, soprano soloists; Miriam Allan, Caroline Ashton, Rachel Bevan, Jennie Cassidy, Charlotte Fairbairn, Ana Gabriela Schwedhelm, sopranos. Antiphon Ave regina coelurum, Magnificat pour le Port-Royal H.81; Stabat Mater pour les religieuses H.15; organ music by Lebègue and Nivers. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Charpentier. Te Deum (H.146) / Messe pour plusieurs instruments (H.513). Ricercar RIC 245 (1 CD, November 2005). Jean Tubéry, Ensemble La Fenice, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agrémens. Claire Lefilliâtre, soprano; François-Nicolas Geslot, countertenor; Bruno Boterf, tenor; Jean-Claude Sarragosse, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
M-A Charpentier. Grand Office des morts H. 2, 12, 156 et 311; Messe pour plusieurs instruments au lieu des orgues H. 513; Te Deum H. 146; Introduction du Te Deum par la Marche pour timbales de Jacques Danican Philidor (Cadet). Virgin 545 733-2 (1 CD, September 2005). Review of a performance in London by William Yeoman. William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Orlanda Vélez Isidro & Olga Pitarch, sopranos; Paul Agnew & Jeffrey Thompson, haute-contres; Topi Lehtipuu & Marc Mauillon, tenors; João Fernandes & Bertrand Bontoux, basses. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Grands Motets à Double Choeur. K617 171 (1 CD, May 2005). Olivier Schneebeli, Ensemble Musica Florea de Prague, Les Pages et Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. UK | FR | DE | JP
French Sacred Music, Virgin VBD 4820132 (5 CDs 2004). Reissue without liner notes, texts, or translations of Charpenter, Leçons de Ténèbres (3 CDs), Clerambault, Motets pour Saint-Sulpice (1 CD), & Brossard, Leçons de morts (1 CD). Gérard Lesne, countertenor & director, Il Seminario Musicale. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
M-A Charpentier, Henry Dumont, Gaspard Le Roux & Louis Couperin. Cantica Nativitatis 1676. Ligia Digital 020215204 (1 CD, November 2004). Olivier Vernet, direction & organ. Catherine Greuillet & Noémi Rime, sopranos; François Bazoloa, bass. A collection of vocal and instrumental music for the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas. US | FR | DE | CA
Charpentier. 'pour un Reposoir'. Ligia Digital LiDi 0202150-04 (1 CD, October 2004). Olivier Vernet, organ & director, Ensemble "...in Ore mel..." Catherine Greuillet & Noémi Rime, sopranos; François Bazola, bass; Jean-Louis Charbonnier, bass viol. Dialogues & Élévations H.253, 254, 259, 279, 407, 425, 438 & 439. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Charpentier / Molière. Hommage pastoral au Roi Soleil et autres grivoiseries. Ambroisie AMB9954 (1 CD, September 2004). Héloïse Gaillard, Ensemble Amarillis. Valérie Gabail, Robert Getchell, Jean-François Novelli, Jean-Baptiste Dumora. Serenata à tre voci e sinfonia; La Couronne de fleurs, Dialogue d'Angélique et de Médor, Oyseaux de ces boccages; Tout renaît, tout fleuri; Beaux petits yeux d'écarlate; Fenchon, la gentille Fanchon; Veux-tu compère Grégoire. UK | FR | DE
M.-A. Charpentier. Le jugement dernier. Pan Classics PC 10175 (1 CD, May 2004). Graham O'Reilly, Ensemble William Byrd. Alain Buet, Académie Sainte-Cécile. Contents: Extremum Dei Judiciem (H.401), Motets pour les Trépassés (H.311), Transfige dulcisime Jesu (H.251), Le Reniement de Saint Pierre (H.424), Salve Regina à trois choeurs (H.24), Litanies à 2 dessus et basse chantante (H.86). UK | DE | FR
Charpentier. Vêpres pour Saint Louis. Alpha 050 (1 CD, January 2004). Olivier Schneebeli. Frédéric Desenclos, organ, Les Symphonistes du CMBV, Les Pages et les Chantres de la Chapelle. Robert Getchell, Hervé Lamy, Alain Buet. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Charpentier! Glossa GSP 98003 (3 CDs 2003). Box set reissue of the three recent Glossa recordings by Hervé Niquet & Le Concert Spirituel. Original CD booklets online in pdf files: [921602][921603][921604]. Contents: Messe de Monsieur de Mauroy, H.6; Leçons de Ténèbres de la Semaine Sainte de 1692 (H. 135, H. 136, H. 137); Te Deum (H. 146), Marches pour les Trompettes (H. 547), Dixit Dominus (H. 202), In Honorem Sancti Ludovici Regis Galliae Canticum (H. 365), Domine Salvum Fac Regem (H. 291). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Musique Sacrée. DG-Archiv 474 507-2 (1 CD, October 2003). Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln, VokalEnsemble Köln, director: Max Ciolek. Review by John Greene. Contents:
Deux Airs des trompettes
Pour un reposoir H.508.
Suite for Strings & Continuo
Concert pour quattre parties des violes H.545
Simphonies pour un reposoir H.515
Offerte pour l'orgue et pour les violons, flutes et hautbois H.522
Offerte non encor executtée H.514
Ouverture pour l'Eglise H.524
Messe pour plusieurs instruments au lieu de l'orgue H.513. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Recommended Recordings

Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Médée. Erato 4509-96558-2. William Christie. Les Arts Florissants. Hunt, Padmore, Deletré, Zanetti, Salzmann, Daneman, Rime, Desrocher, Bazola, Károlyi. (1995). Possibly the greatest tragédie- lyrique.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier & Molière. Le Malade Imaginaire. Erato. Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Poulenard, Feldman, Laurens, Fouchécourt, Ragon, Verschaeve, Deletré, Bindi. (1990) The almost simultaneous Christie recording on HM is also well worthwhile, although Erato furnished a superior, facsimile libretto. Neither recording is complete. The 2-CD reissue of Christie's version includes all of the music but omits the English translation included in the abridged 1990 1-CD set. Harmonia Mundi presumably cheated their customers again to prevent a glut of the defective, space-hogging 1990 CDs on eBay and Amazon marketplace.

Online text of Le Malade imaginaire

Marc-Antoine Charpentier & André Raison. Oeuvres pour le Port-Royal & Pièces d'Orgue (Raison). Ricercar RIC 052034. Foccroulle, Feldman, Poulenard, De Reyghere, Van Gyseghem, Mernier, Capella Ricercar. (1988).

Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Les Plaisiers de Versailles, Amor Vince Ogni Cosa & Airs sur les Stances du Cid. Erato 0630-14774-2. William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Daneman, Petibon, Károlyi, Zanetti, Dugardin, Agnew, Piolino, Gardeil, Lallouette. (1996). 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Sacred Music Volume 4. Naxos 8.554453. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Duthoit, Wattiez, Geoffroy-Dechaume, Laporte, Novelli, Bona. (2000).

Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Gràce et grandeurs de la Vierge. FNAC Music 592036. Emmanuel Mandrin, Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr. (1996).

Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Te Deum, Missa Assumpta est Maria, Litanies de la Vierge. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901298. William Christie. Les Arts Florissants. Gens, Rime, Steyer, Desrochers, Le Bihan, Ragon, Fouchécourt, Coubes. (1989).

Books

Shirley Thompson (ed.) New Perspectives on Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Details. Ashgate 2010. 360 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Anne Piéjus (ed.) Plaire et instruite: Le spectacle dans les collèges de l'Ancien Régime. Details. Table of contents (pdf). 372 pages. PU Rennes (2007). Includes Catherine Cessac, "Tragédie latine et tragédie en musique au college Louis-le-Grand de Paris: l'example de Saul et David et Jonathas (1688)". FR | CA
Catherine Cessac (ed.) Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Un musicien retrouvé. Details. Mardaga (CMBV) 2005. 416 pages. FR
Marcelle Benoit. Les événements musicaux sous le règne de Louis XIV: Chronologie. Annals of music in France, 1643-1715. 404 pages. Picard 2004. Reviewed by Clifford Bartlett in EMR 101:11 (June 2004). FR
Catherine Cessac. Marc-Antoine Charpentier. 558 pages. Amadeus Press, 1995. Translated by E. Thomas Glasow. US | UK
Downing A. Thomas. Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Régime: 1647-1785. Cambridge University Press. 320 pages. January 2003. "This is the first study to recognise the broad impact of opera in early-modern French culture. The author considers the use of operatic spectacle and music by Louis XIV as a vehicle for absolutism; the resistance of music to the aesthetic and political agendas of the time; and the long-term development of opera in eighteenth-century humanist culture. He argues that French opera moved away from the politics of the absolute monarchy in which it originated to address Enlightenment concerns with sensibility and feeling. The book combines close readings of significant seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century operatic works, circumstantial writings and theoretical works on theatre and opera, together with a measure of reception history. Thomas examines key works by Lully, Rameau, and Charpentier, among others, and extends his reach from the late seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth." US | UK | CA

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