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Stabat Mater | Requiem
Francis Poulenc, Alfred Desenclos

Vlaams Radiokoor | Hervé Niquet | Brussels Philharmonic

Stabat Mater | Requiem

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917721928
Catnr: EPRC 0032
Release date: 26 September 2019
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Label
Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917721928
Catalogue number
EPRC 0032
Release date
26 September 2019

"... own atmosphere and contrasts full of feeling."

Kerk & Leven, 08-4-2020
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About the album

On the final instalment of its Requiem series, the Flemish Radio Choir tackles Poulenc’s iconic Stabat Mater (1950) and Alfred Desenclos’ Requiem (1963), stunning works which steer clear of the typical Requiem horrors to convey a message of hope. Teaming up with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir and its acclaimed director Hervé Niquet extract the emotional and rhetorical essence of music which is eminently French, unusually tender, and delicately majestic.
Het Vlaams Radiokoor pakt op het laatste deel van zijn requiem-reeks het iconische Stabat Mater (1950) van Poulenc en Alfred Desenclos’ Requiem (1963) aan. Samen met het Brussels Philharmonic, extraheren het Vlaamse radiokoor en de veelgeprezen chef-dirigent Hervé Niquet de emotionele en retorische essentie van muziek die bij uitstek Frans, ongewoon zacht en majestueus is.

Poulenc en Desenclos zijn weliswaar tijdgenoten, maar hebben een compleet andere stijl, wat zorgt voor een verrassende combinatie. Deze verbluffende werken blijven ver uit de buurt van de typische requiem-gruwelen, om een boodschap van hoop over te brengen.

Het Vlaams Radiokoor (1937) wordt gerekend tot de topensembles in binnen- en buitenland. Het Vlaams Radiokoor behoudt zijn unieke status als radiokoor: er worden heel wat concertproducties opgenomen en daarom heeft het koor een unieke verzameling live-opnames opgebouwd. De collectie wordt voortdurend aangevuld met een selectie van studio-opnames, waardoor het vocale erfgoed voor de toekomst behouden blijft.

Hervé Niquet (dirigent) werd de chef-dirigent van het koor in 2011. Deze internationaal gevierde en flamboyante dirigent is de sleutel tot het succes van het koor. Niquet, die het koor als een diamant noemt en het tot de top drie in Europa rangschikt, werkt aan het bereiken van een herkenbare sonoriteit en plant een breed scala aan projecten, van onbekende Franse romantische muziek tot hedendaagse premières.
Im letzten Teil seiner Requiem-Serie nimmt sich der Flämische Rundfunkchor Poulencs ikonischem Stabat Mater (1950) und Alfred Desenclos‘ Requiem (1963) vor. Beides sind atemberaubende Werke, die sich von den typischen Schrecken eines Requiems fernhalten und stattdessen Hoffnung verkünden. Zusammen mit den Brüsseler Philharmonikern ziehen der Flämische Rundfunkchor und sein gefeierter Leiter Hervé Niquet die emotionale und rhetorische Essenz der Musik, die ausgesprochen französisch ist, ungewöhnlich zärtlich, und grazil majestätisch.

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Brussels Philharmonic

“The world needs symphonic music.  And symphonic music needs the world.” That is the firm belief of the Brussels Philharmonic. As a symphony orchestra founded in 1935 under the auspices of the Belgian public broadcaster, unveiling the symphonic world as best we can is deep in our DNA. By innovating while maintaining full respect for the value of the past, we keep the symphonic music of the past, present and future relevant and inspiring – for ourselves and all of society. We do this from the historic Studio 4 at Flagey in Brussels, together with our music director Kazushi Ono: he shares our open and adventurous spirit and our rock-solid belief in the need for cross-fertilization between art, life and society.
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“The world needs symphonic music. And symphonic music needs the world.” That is the firm belief of the Brussels Philharmonic. As a symphony orchestra founded in 1935 under the auspices of the Belgian public broadcaster, unveiling the symphonic world as best we can is deep in our DNA. By innovating while maintaining full respect for the value of the past, we keep the symphonic music of the past, present and future relevant and inspiring – for ourselves and all of society. We do this from the historic Studio 4 at Flagey in Brussels, together with our music director Kazushi Ono: he shares our open and adventurous spirit and our rock-solid belief in the need for cross-fertilization between art, life and society.

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Vlaams Radiokoor

The Vlaams Radiokoor (Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today, the  Vlaams Radiokoor is renowned for vocal music in Flanders and Europe, and is counted among the top ensembles both at home and abroad. The 32 singers rehearse under the baton of music director Bart Van Reyn in Studio 1 of the well-known Flagey building in Brussels.  A shared passion for contemporary repertoire, the belief that the voice is the ultimate interpreter of our emotions, and the commitment to make our vocal heritage accessible to singers and audiences alike are what binds the ensemble together. The Vlaams Radiokoor is and remains a living portal for repertoire, knowledge, experience and voices. It makes our...
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The Vlaams Radiokoor (Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today, the Vlaams Radiokoor is renowned for vocal music in Flanders and Europe, and is counted among the top ensembles both at home and abroad. The 32 singers rehearse under the baton of music director Bart Van Reyn in Studio 1 of the well-known Flagey building in Brussels. A shared passion for contemporary repertoire, the belief that the voice is the ultimate interpreter of our emotions, and the commitment to make our vocal heritage accessible to singers and audiences alike are what binds the ensemble together. The Vlaams Radiokoor is and remains a living portal for repertoire, knowledge, experience and voices. It makes our vocal heritage accessible to singers and the audience, while also investing in the creation of new vocal works. The Vlaams Radiokoor is an institution of the Flemish Community.

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Hervé Niquet (conductor)

Hervé Niquet, chief conductor of the Flemish Radio Choir as of 2011, is a passionate musician like most of the composers of Baroque music whose works he enjoys. He studied not only harpsichord, piano and organ, but also the lyric arts and conducting. He considers the musical profession from a researcher’s perspective, and thus gives priority to primary sources in order to move beyond established conventions and customs. The experience he garnered from working with several major Baroque ensembles laid the basis for his special connection with the French ‘Grand Motet’ of the 17th and 18th centuries. His great desire to bring new life to this unknown repertoire resulted in 1987 in the establishment of Le Concert Spirituel. Over twenty years,...
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Hervé Niquet, chief conductor of the Flemish Radio Choir as of 2011, is a passionate musician like most of the composers of Baroque music whose works he enjoys. He studied not only harpsichord, piano and organ, but also the lyric arts and conducting. He considers the musical profession from a researcher’s perspective, and thus gives priority to primary sources in order to move beyond established conventions and customs. The experience he garnered from working with several major Baroque ensembles laid the basis for his special connection with the French ‘Grand Motet’ of the 17th and 18th centuries.
His great desire to bring new life to this unknown repertoire resulted in 1987 in the establishment of Le Concert Spirituel. Over twenty years, this ensemble has become the reference point for Baroque music.
In the same spirit, and starting from the principle that over the centuries there has been only one ‘French music’, Hervé Niquet conducts various eminent orchestras, including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Sinfonia Varsovia, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Rias Kammerchor, the Kammerorchester Basel, and Brussels Philharmonic.
In 2009, he participated in the foundation of the Centre de musique romantique française, also known as Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice. This led, among other things, to a prestigious project in collaboration with the Brussels Philharmonic and with the Flemish Radio Choir: a CD collection with music from the Prix de Rome and rarely performed works from the French Romantic repertoire. The first CD of the series is devoted to Debussy (2009), the second volume consists of neglected works by Saint-Saëns (2010), the third disc features the work of Charpentier (2011) and the fourth volume (2012) is dedicated to d’Ollone. In the meantime, new series have been launched featuring portraits of composers and French opera (Joncières’ Dmitri and David’s Herculanum).
Hervé Niquet has been made Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite and an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


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Composer(s)

Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. Poulenc's wealthy family intended him for a business career in the Rhone Poulenc family company and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. This group of French composers from the 1920s aimed to clear music of the impressionism of Claude Debussy, and German influences such as the Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Their motto was 'L'art pour l'art': they composed music for the sake of...
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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. Poulenc's wealthy family intended him for a business career in the Rhone Poulenc family company and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. This group of French composers from the 1920s aimed to clear music of the impressionism of Claude Debussy, and German influences such as the Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Their motto was "L'art pour l'art": they composed music for the sake of music, without any 'meaning' or extramusical intents. In his early works Poulenc became known for his high spirits and irreverence. During the 1930s a much more serious side to his nature emerged, particularly in the religious music he composed from 1936 onwards, which he alternated with his more light-hearted works.

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Press

... own atmosphere and contrasts full of feeling.
Kerk & Leven, 08-4-2020

Dosed heavenly ecstasy in "Messe de Requiem" by Desenclos
De Gelderlander, 02-11-2019

The Flemish radio choir and the acclaimed Hervé Niquet work together with the Brussels Philharmonic and extract the emotional and rhetorical essence of this pre-eminently French music that is, unusually soft and delicate and yet majestic. Can not be missed!
Stretto, 06-10-2019

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01.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: I. Stabat Mater dolorosa
03:23
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
02.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: II. Cujus animam gementem
01:16
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
03.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: III. O quam tristis
02:07
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor
04.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: IV. Quae moerebat
01:21
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
05.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: V. Quis et homo
01:34
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
06.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: VI. Vidit suum
02:58
(Francis Poulenc) Marion Tassou, Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
07.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: VII. Eja Mater
01:21
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
08.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: VIII. Fac ut ardeat
01:58
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor
09.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: IX. Sancta Mater
03:07
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
10.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: X. Fac ut portem
03:08
(Francis Poulenc) Marion Tassou, Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
11.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: XI. Inflammatus et accensus
01:41
(Francis Poulenc) Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
12.
Stabat Mater, FP 148: XII. Quando corpus
03:19
(Francis Poulenc) Marion Tassou, Vlaams Radiokoor, Brussels Philharmonic
13.
Messe de Requiem: I. Introit et Kyrie
07:33
(Alfred Desenclos) François Saint-Yves, Vlaams Radiokoor
14.
Messe de Requiem: II. Offertoire
06:00
(Alfred Desenclos) François Saint-Yves, Vlaams Radiokoor
15.
Messe de Requiem: III. Sanctus
03:57
(Alfred Desenclos) François Saint-Yves, Vlaams Radiokoor
16.
Messe de Requiem: IV. Pie Jesu
02:39
(Alfred Desenclos) François Saint-Yves, Vlaams Radiokoor
17.
Messe de Requiem: V. Agnus Dei et Communion
05:20
(Alfred Desenclos) François Saint-Yves, Vlaams Radiokoor
18.
Messe de Requiem: VI. Libera me, Domine
05:13
(Alfred Desenclos) François Saint-Yves, Vlaams Radiokoor
19.
Messe de Requiem: VII. In paradisum
02:13
(Alfred Desenclos) François Saint-Yves, Vlaams Radiokoor
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