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Charpentier: Baroque Christmas


  • Friday December 16th 2022
  • Royal Chapel
  • 9pm | 2h20 with intermission
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Emmanuelle de Negri Soprano

Julie Roset Soprano

Nicholas Scott Countertenor

Bastien Rimondi Tenor

Lisandro Abadie Bass

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie Conductor



The Nativity season holds a central place in the religious music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and it can even be asserted that no other French composer of the Grand Siècle offered such a diverse body of work to celebrate Christmas. From Advent antiphons to instrumental carols, and even Latin sacred histories (such as the oratorio “In Nativitatem Domini canticum”), Charpentier employed a wide range of genres to depict this pivotal episode of Christian liturgy. These pieces are also notable for bridging the gap between learned music and popular music—a rarity in late 17th-century France.

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As a foremost expert on Charpentier, having contributed to his rediscovery in the 1980s, William Christie has frequently conducted these emblematic works with Les Arts Florissants. In this new concert production, Christie revisits and reinterprets these pieces to evoke the full variety and emotional depth of their liturgical settings.

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)

Antiphons « Ô » de l’Avent, H.36-43

Christmas Carols for Instruments H.531 et 534

On the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Pastorale H. 482




In Nativitatem Domini Canticum H.416

The Royal Chapel of the Château de Versailles

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