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Home » French Composers » Clérambault

Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)

"For a long time it has been standard practice to assume that Clérambault's Christian name was Louis-Nicolas; it turns out however that contemporary documents used only Nicolas."

"Clérambault composed a Motet fait pour la Dédicace de l'Eglise de Saint Sulpice to Latin verse by Pierre-Charles Roy, which was performed on 30 June 1745 by over eighty musicians."

[From the translation of liner notes by Catherine Cessac to Motets pour Saint-Sulpice, adapted from her book Nicolas Clérambault (1998).]

Recordings

François Couperin. Leçons de Ténèbres. Clérambault. Miserere. Alpha 957 (1 CD, November 2014). Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Clérambault, Bernier, Duphly. Médée furieuse. Naïve Ambroisie AMB 9936 (1 CD, March 2008). Stéphanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano. Ensemble Amarillis. Médée cantatas. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Clérambault & Rameau. Orphée, plus other works by Bouvard, Charpentier, F. Couperin and Lambert. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 071002 (1 CD, October 2007). Details / Review by Johan van Veen. Cyril Auvity, tenor, L'Yriade. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Clérambault & Louis Marchand. Complete Harpsichord Works. Plectra Pl 20701 (2007). Details. Davitt Moroney, 1707 Dumont harpsichord. US | DE | JP
Clérambault. O sanctissima mater: Motets & Livre d'Orgue pour St-Sulpice. Ligia Digital LiDi 0202156-05 (1 CD 2005). Olivier Vernet, Ensemble "...in Ore mel...". Vincent Lièvre-Picard, haute-contre; Hervé Lamy, tenor; François Bazola, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Médée, Ariane, Circé, Héro -- les déesses outragées. Clérambault, Léandre et Héro (1713) & Médée (1710); Philippe Courbois (c.1670-c.1740), Arianne (1710); François Colin de Blamont (1690-1760), Circé (1723). Alpha 068 (1 CD, February 2005). Details. Agnès Mellon, soprano. Ensemble Barcarole: Alice Piérot, violin; Amélie Michel, flute; Richard Boothby, bass viol; Eric Bellocq, theorbo; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Rameau, Charpentier, Lully, Nicolas Racot de Grandval (1676-1753). Airs Baroques Français. Virgin 7243 5 45481 2 3 (1 CD 2002). Patricia Petibon, soprano. Patrick Cohën-Akenine, Les Folies Françoises. Includes Rien du tout (1755) by Grandval, which "weaves together quotations from, among others, Clérambault (Orphée: 'Monarque dedouté de ces royaumes sombres'; Médée: 'Courons à la vengeance' and 'Cruelles filles des Enfers'; La Musette: 'Chantez, résonnez ma musette'), Montéclair (La Badine: 'L'amant qui toujours soupire'), Campra (Silène: 'Liqueur enchanteresse'), Stuck (Diane: 'Dormez, amours, dormez') and Bernier (Les Nymphes de Diane: 'J'entends le cor qui nous appelle'). The singer tries out a great variety of tones and styles, but meets with nothing but indifference from the audience, and so decides to sing... 'nothing at all'." (Catherine Cessac liner notes). Notes by Petibon and Cohën-Akenine: "Who can fail to be amused by Grandval's clowning? (A word of advice: sing and play Rien du tout if you are starting to lose your audience.) US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Clérambault. CBC 1152 (1 CD 2002). Details. Ann Monoyios, soprano. Colin Tilney, harpsichord; Les Coucous Bénévoles. Contents: Cantatas: L'Isle de Délos & Orphée; Trio Sonata in E minor; Suite for harpsichord no. 2; Air de Musette "Doux ecchos de nos musettes"; Sonata La Félicité. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Clérambault. Motets pour Saint-Sulpice. Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45415 2 (1 CD 2000). Gérard Lesne, countertenor & director, Il Seminario Musicale. Mark Padmore, tenor; Josep-Miquel Ramón i Monzó, bass. Fabrizio Cipriani & Thérèse Kipfer, violins; Patrick Beuckels, flute; Bruno Cocset, bass violin; Richard Myron, double bass; Pascal Monteilhet, theorbo; Blandine Rannou, harpsichord; Jean-Charles Ablizer, organ. Contents: Panis angelicus, motet du Saint Sacrement C.131; Exultet omnium, motet de Saint Sulpice C.112; Domine salvum, motet C.152; Domine à trois voix et deux violons, motet C.158; O deliciis affluens, motet de la Sainte Vierge C.109; Magnificat à trois parties C.136; Salve regina, antienne à la Sainte Vierge C.114; O piissima, o sanctissima, motet de la Sainte Vierge C.135; Domine salvum, prière pour le Roy C.157. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued without Catherine Cessac's liner notes, texts and translations by the penny-pinchers at EMI as part of the 5-CD set Virgin 7243 4 82013 2 4, Gérard Lesne, including Charpenter, Leçons de Ténèbres (3 CDs) & Brossard, Leçons des Morts (1 CD). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Clérambault. La Muse de l'opéra. Montéclair, La Morte de Lucrèce. François Couperin, 8eme Concert dans le goût théâtral. Assai 207202 (1 CD 2000). Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique. Salomé Haller, soprano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Dans un bois solitaire - Cantates françaises. Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45303 2 6 (1 CD 1999). Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale. Fabrizio Cipriani & Sophie Gevers-Demours, violins; Bruno Cocset, bass violin and cello; Richard Myron, double bass; Patrick Beuckels, flute; Michel Henry & Christophe Mazeaud, oboes; Brian Freehan, theorbo; Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. Clérambault: Pirame et Tisbé (1713); Nicolas Bernier (1665-1734): Aminte et Lucrine (1723); Philippe Courbois (c.1670-c.1740): L'Amant timide (1710); Jean-Baptiste Stuck dit Batistin (c.1680-1755): Les Festes bolonnoises (1714); Du Buisson: Plainte sur la mort de Monsieur Lambert (c.1696). This is an outstanding recording of a collection of exceptional works. The richly orchestrated cantata by Stuck with virtuosic writing for voice is particularly interesting. It begins with a 2-part overture and includes an movements in both Italian and French styles. Stuck was born into an Italian family of German origin and arrived in France during 1702-05. He composed tragédies en musique including Méléagre, Manto la fée, and Polydore, as well as four books of cantatas. Based on this cantata, I believe that more of his works should be performed and recorded. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Premier Livre de clavecin / Premier Livre d'orgue. Ligia Digital 0104075-99 (1 CD 1999). Catherine Latzarus, Donzelague harpsichord (Lyon 1716); Olivier Vernet, organ. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Le Triomphe d'Iris. Pastorale (1706). Naxos 8.554455 (1 CD 1999). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Sylvie: Gaëlle Méchaly, soprano; Daphnis: Serge Goubioud, tenor; Philis: Claire Geoffroy-Dechaume, mezzo-soprano; Tircis: Jacques Bona, baritone; La Bergère / L'Amour / "Air Italien": Marie-Louis Duthoit, soprano; Sylvandre: Jean-François Novelli, tenor; Licaste: Jean-François Lombard, tenor. This petit-opéra survives only in manuscript. It has much in common with the only surviving petit-opéra by Desmarest, La Diane de Fontainebleau, and the recording is likewise excellent. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Orphée (1710) / Léandre et Héro (1710) / Simphonie a cinq / Sonata prima "Anonima" / Suite no. 2 for harpsichord. Naxos 8.553744 (1 CD 1998). Sandrine Piau, soprano. Les Solistes du Concert Spirituel. Patrick Cohën-Akenine, violin; Jocelyn Daubigney, flute; Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. Léandre et Héro may be the finest French cantata. This superb recording is highly recommended. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Cantatas: La Mort d'Hercule (1716) / Poliphème (1710). Simphonias: "La Magnifique" / "L'impromptu" / "La Félicité" / "L'Abondance". Naxos 8.553743 (1 CD 1998). Luc Coadou, bass. Les Solistes du Concert Spirituel. Patrick Cohën-Akenine, violin; Jocelyn Daubigney, flute; Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault, Pierre Du Mage (1674-1751) & Louis Marchand (1669-1732). Pièces d'Orgue. RCA Soli Deo Veritas 74321470082 (1 CD 1997). Details. François Espinasse, organ at l’Ancienne Cathédrale de Saint-Pons de Thomières. A fine recording that includes all of Clérambault's published organ music. DE | FR
Cantates françaises. Clérambault: Le Soleil, vainqueur des nuages (1721); François Colin de Blamont (1690-1760): Didon (1723); Jean-Baptiste Stuck (c.1680-1755): Héraclite et Démocrite (1711). DG-Archiv 449 144-2 (1 CD 1996). Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Mireille Delunsch, soprano (Clérambault); Jennifer Smith, soprano (Blamont & Stuck); Thierry Félix, baritone (Stuck). US | UK | FR | DE | JP

Reissued with texts and translations but different liner notes on Archiv Blue 471 730 (2002). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Cantates françaises des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. Clérambault: Léandre et Héro & Orphée; Campra: Arion; Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667-1737): Pan et Syrinx.  Analekta AN 29905 (1 CD 1995). Danièle Forget, soprano. Ensemble Arion. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Analekta Fleurs de Lys FL2 3018. Details.

Clérambault. The Triumph of Apollo. Meridian CDE 84272 (1 CD 1994). Les Éléments. Rachel Platt, soprano; Rachel Podger, violin; Mark Levy, viola da gamba; James Johnstone, harpsichord; Rachel Brown, flute. Cantatas: Alphée (1713) & Apollon (1716). Sonatas L'Impromptu, La Félicité. Suite no. 2 for harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Chants et Motets / Livres d'orgue. FNAC Music 592316 (2 CDs 1994). Emmanuel Mandrin, Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr. Jean Boyer, historic organ at St-Michel-en-Thiérache. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on separate CDs without FNAC's superb liner notes, texts and translations by the hated bean counters at EMI, who whine and moan about the copying of CDs but fail to offer any reason not to copy.

Chants et Motets. Virgin 61529 (1 CD 1998): US | DE | FR | CA | JP

Livre d'Orgue / Chants du Salut. Virgin 61777 (1 CD 2000): US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Clérambault. Dramatic Cantatas: Orphée / Zephire et Flore / Léandre et Héro / Tempeste. Meridian CDE 84182 (1 CD 1993). Julianne Baird, soprano. Music's Recreation. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
A Portrait of Love. Clérambault, L'Amour Piqué par une Abeille; Montéclair, La Mort de Didon. Plus François Couperin, 13eme Ordre - Les Folies Françoises, and Marin Marais, La Sonnerie & La Feste Champêtre. Harmonia Mundi MHU 907081 (1 CD 1993). Nancy Argenta, soprano. Trio Sonnerie. Monica Huggett, violin; Sarah Cunningham, bass viol; Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued in 1998 on 7907081. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued in 2001 on HCX 3957081. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Clérambault. Cantates Profanes: Léandre et Héro (1713) / Pirame et Tisbé (1713) / L'Isle de Délos (1716) / Apollon et Doris (1720). Opus 111 OPS 39-9103 (1 CD 1991). Isabelle Poulenard, soprano; Gilles Ragon, tenor. Ensemble Amalia: Florence Malgoire, violin; Marianne Muller, viola da gamba; Philippe Allain-Dupre, flute; Aline Zylberajch, harpsichord; Yasunori Imamura, theorbo. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Naïve / Opus 111 Invitation OPS 10-006 (1999). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

French Cantatas of the 18th Century. Clérambault: Médée (1710); Montéclair: La Bergère (1728), La Mort de Didon (c.1709) & Pan et Syrinx (c.1717). Koch 3-7096-2 H1 (1 CD 1991). Stephen Schultz, American Baroque. Julianne Baird, soprano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Cantates: Orphée / Pirame et Tisbé / La Muse de L'Opéra / La Mort d'Hercule. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901329 (1 CD 1990). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Noémi Rime, soprano; Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor; Nicolas Rivenq, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on HMA 1901329 (1995). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Pierre Du Mage & Clérambault (1710). Oeuvres pour Orgue. Gallo CD 544 (1 CD 1988). Details. Lionel Rogg, Riepp organ at the Benedictine Abby of Ottobeuren. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Pièces de Clavecin. Kenneth Gilbert, Rubio harpsichord after Vaudry (1680). DG-Archiv 2534 009 (1 LP 1982). Clérambault, Suites no. 1 & 2 from the Premier Livre. Gaspard Le Roux, Suite no. 5; Louis Couperin, Pavanne in f-sharp minor; J-H d'Angelbert, Gaillarde et Double; N-A Lebègue, Les Cloches. The Clérambault suites were reissued on CD with Orphée & Médée (see below). The entire LP, along with recordings of D'Anglebert, Chaconne du Vieux Gaultier & Marais, La Polonaise in D Minor, was reissued on DG-Archiv "3D Baroque" 431709-2. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Orphée & Médée. DG-Archiv 2533 442 (1 LP 1980). Reissued on CD in the Collectio Argentea edition, Archiv 437 085-2 A T, together with the two Clérambault harpsichord suites from the LP recording by Kenneth Gilbert. Rachel Yakar, soprano. Reinhard Goebel, violin; Wilbert Hazelzet, flute; Charles Medlam, bass viol; Alan Curtis, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Clérambault. Les Deux Suites. Pierre du Mage, Premier livre d'orgue. Plus works by Gaspard Corrette, J-F Dandrieu & J-A Guilain. Calliope CAL 6915 (1 CD). Originally issued on 3 LPs as Le Siècle de Louis XV, CAL 1913/15 (1976?). Details. Andre Isoir, playing the same Cliquot cabinet organ for which the pieces were composed. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued as part of the 6-CD set, Le Siècle d'Or de l'Orgue Français. CAL 6907/12. Details. UK | DE | FR

Pierre Du Mage (1708) & Clérambault (1710). 1er Livre d'Orgue. Astrée AS 20 (1 LP 1970?). Reissued on CD. Michel Chapuis, Clicquot organ at the Cathédrale de Poitiers. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Books

Catherine Cessac. Nicolas Clérambault. (In French.) Includes a catalogue of Clérambault's works with newly-assigned C. numbers. 376 pages. Fayard, 1998. US | UK | FR | CA

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