Charpentier - Histoires Sacrees (Sacred Histories) | Harmonia Mundi HMM90228081

Charpentier - Histoires Sacrees (Sacred Histories)

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM90228081

Format: CD + DVD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th April 2019



Marc-Antoine Charpentier is the only composer of the age of Louis XIV to have distinguished himself so remarkably in the genre of the ‘sacred history’: he wrote more than thirty such works, all composed after his residence in Italy.

Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances have carefully extracted from this outstanding corpus a number of gems that reflect both his experience in Rome (probably studying with Carissimi, the master of the oratorio) and the humanist concerns of an entire period.

Like a miniature opera, each piece relates an exemplary destiny, including several strong-willed women (Judith, Cecilia, Mary Magdalene) and a deep friendship put to the test (Mors Saülis and Jonathæ).

As a bonus, a DVD of the show from 2016 is included.


This is superb. Here is a generous selection of sacred pieces by Charpentier, impeccably performed by Ensemble Correspondances under Sébastien Daucé. Most were composed at the behest of the Duchess de Guise, Charpentier’s deeply religious employer, whose household included a substantial complement of singers and instrumentalists. The CDs include three substantial histoires sacrées, each one lasting between 30 and 40 minutes. ... Do not miss these wonderful performances.  Richard Lawrence (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone July 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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