Le Concert SpirituelHervé Niquet conductor – Diana Axentii soprano – Sébastien Droy tenor – Andreas Wolf bass


Messe solennelle Hector Berlioz
Requiem pour Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette Jean Paul Egide Martini

Jean Paul Egide Martini wrote his requiem on the occasion of the reburial of Louis XVI, beheaded in 1793, and Marie-Antoinette who succumbed to the same fate in 1816. Every year, a new requiem would pay homage to the restored monarchy. In spite of a few Mozart touches, this is clearly the work of a French Romantic, who, like Hector Berlioz in his Messe Solennelle, employed all the orchestral techniques of his time. Like musical archaeologists, Hervé Niquet and Concert Spirituel go in search of the right sound image, whereby forgotten instruments such as the ophicleide and serpent create a unique touch.

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  • Hector Berlioz: a musical trailblazer

    With the intense preparations for the 250th anniversary in 2020 of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, we might be forgiven for forgetting that 2019 is the year of another significant musical commemoration. For it is also the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz, another giant of nineteenth-century music. This French composer is every bit the equal of Beethoven in terms of orchestral effects and forms. BOZAR pays tribute to Berlioz with his Messe Solenelle on 6 November.

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