Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel at Wigmore Hall
Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel make their eagerly awaited Wigmore Hall debut on 14 April
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, has announced that Hervé Niquet, the charismatic French conductor, is to be a regular visitor to Wigmore Hall in the seasons ahead. Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel make their debut on 14 April 2013 as part of the Hall’s expanded Early Music and Baroque Series.
They will draw on a collection of pieces from the extremely rich repertoire of works conceived to intensify the experience of public worship in a programme entitled ‘Splendour of the cathedrals under Louis XIV’.
The programme will include Charpentier’s ‘De profundis’, ‘Stabat mater’ and motets by Frémart, Hugard, and Le Prince Brossard, as well as Bouteiller’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Requiem’. Dramatic contrasts and heightened lyricism helped fuel the force of 17th century French sacred music. Crowds flocked to hear Charpentier’s music for Holy Week in the Paris of the 1680s, while the music of Sébastien de Brossard and Pierre Bouteiller graced cathedral services in Strasbourg and Troyes.
Niquet’s ensemble, complete with twelve male vocalists, knows how to recreate the sensual and spiritual atmosphere of a lost age of music making.