CHARPENTIER / COUPERIN

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA DE L'OPÉRA ROYAL OF VERSAILLES

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA DE L'OPÉRA ROYAL OF VERSAILLES
CHARPENTIER AND COUPERIN. MASTERS OF THE FRENCH BAROQUE

In the mid-seventeenth century, Leçons de Ténèbres became the subject of increasingly popular musical compositions. Michel Lambert was the first in France to compose a series in 1662, followed soon after by Charpentier and Lalande. But the most famous--and the first to be performed and recorded--are the ones composed by François Couperin in 1714. Easter Week at Versailles is always a special event, and that's why for this edition of Easter the Festival Peralada has invited the regular musicians of the Ópera Real to bring part of the Parisian experience here to the Castle of Peralada's Carme church. The programme includes works by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749), like Motets for the three days preceding Easter; In monte oliveti, Tristis est anima mea and Stabat Mater pour des religieuses by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704); and one of the peaks of early eighteenth-century French art, the Leçons de Ténèbre pour le Mercredi Saint by François Couperin (1668-1733). The Orchestra of the Ópera Real was founded in Versailles in December 2019 for a performance of the John Corigliano opera The Ghosts of Versailles, and since then it has been comprised of musicians who regularly work with the leading orchestra conductors in both the Baroque and Romantic repertoire and has repeatedly performed in concerts at the Ópera Real. Under the musical direction of Chloé de Guillebon, and with the participation of the solo singers Lili Aymonino and Johanna Amzal, along with the choir of the Ópera Real, Perelada will close the Easter edition with great gems from the most exquisite Baroque music.
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Carmen Church
Programme

 

Louis-Nicolas CLÉRAMBAULT (1676-1749)

Motets for the three days preceding Easter

 

François COUPERIN (1668-1733)

First leçon de ténèbres for Holy Wednesday

 

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704)

In monte oliveti

 

François COUPERIN

Second leçon de ténèbres for Holy Thursday

 

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER

Tristis est anima mea

 

François COUPERIN

Third leçon de ténèbres for Good Friday

 

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER

Stabat mater pour des Religieuses

Artistic details

Lili AYMONINO, soprano

Johanna AMZAL, soprano

 

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA DE L'OPÉRA ROYAL 

Under the patronage of Aline Foriel-Destezet

Chloé de GUILLEBON, organ and conductor