Pastorale de Noël

Marc-Antoine Charpentier


Christmas celebrations occupy a central place in 17th century French society, and arouse a great popular fervor. It also finds its roots deep down into ancestral traditions which reminds the pagan cults that predated. This concert evokes, with the succession of the pieces, all the history of the Nativity: Marie’s visit to her cousin Elisabeth, the carol sang by the virgin after the announcement when the Archangel Gabriel revealed her pregnancy with the son of God. The Roman music and the popular repertory are also part of this work as they deeply nourished his inspiration. The programme ends with Christmas pastorales in latin and in French staging God’s Angel calling out at the Nazareth shepherds : Go contemplate the new born child and praise him !

Release Harmonia Mundi 21 October 2016:
Choc de Classica, ffff Télérama, 5 diapasons, **** The Times


Marc-Antoine Charpentier
O Salutaris
O Sapientia
O Adonai
O Radix Jesse
Or nous dites Marie
O Clavis Dvid
O Oriens

Traditionnel Or nous dites marie

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
O Rex Gentium
O Emmanuel
In Nativitatem H.414
Pastorale H.483

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