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Charpentier and Christmas

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 24 December 2011

Lucie Skeaping's thoughts turn to Marc Antoine Charpentier who wrote some of the most engaging Christmas music of the French Baroque including the celebrated Messe de Minuit - a midnight mass for Christmas Eve based on popular French carols.

A remarkably gifted composer from the reign of Louis XIV, Charpentier spent much of his life pushed into the shadows by the all-powerful and controlling Jean-Baptiste Lully. Much of his life was spent in the service of Mlle de Guise and for the Jesuit College in Paris for whom he wrote many of his wonderful Christmas pieces inspired by popular French carols.

Music Played

7 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Traditional arr. Charpentier Joseph est bien marié (instrumental), H534

    Performers: Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon (director)

    NAXOS, 8.554514

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    Traditional arr. Aradia Ensemble Joseph est bien marié (organ), H534

    Performer: Christopher Dawes (organ)

    NAXOS, 8.554514

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    Traditional arr. Charpentier Joseph est bien marié, H534

    Performers: Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon (director)

    NAXOS, 8.554514

  • Image for Marc-Antoine Charpentier

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier In Nativitatum DNJC Canticum – Air d'un berger et choeur "Salve puerile" H414

    Performers: Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (director)

    HARMONIA MUNDI, HMC 901082

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    Marc-Antoine Charpentier Pastorale sur la naissance de NS Jesus-Christ, H483: Ritournelle – and Scene 2

    Performers: Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (director)

    HARMONIA MUNDI, HMC 901082

  • Image for Marc-Antoine Charpentier

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier Une jeune pucelle (vocal/instrumental), H534

    Performers: Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon (director)

    NAXOS, 8.554514

  • Image for Marc-Antoine Charpentier

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier Messe de minuit, H9

    Performers: Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (director)

    ARCHIV, 453 479-2

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