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Pastorale de Noël

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Charpentier is one of the subtlest masters of French 17th century musical life

Sébastien Daucé
Sébastien Daucé © Molina Visuals


Violaine Le Chenadec soprano
Caroline Weynants soprano
Perrine Devillers soprano
Lucile Richardot mezzo-soprano
David Lee countertenor
Davy Cornillot tenor
Etienne Bazola baritone
Renaud Bres bass baritone
Emmanuel Vistorky bass

Sébastien Daucé direction
Ensemble Correspondances

First part 
Charpentier In Nativitatem H. 416 and other sacred pieces

Sung in French and latin

Charpentier’s legacy as a composer, but also a singer (high tenor), includes a significant corpus of vocal works, three-quarters of which are in the sacred music genre. Pastorales on the Nativity were a very common genre in the 17th century and often combined the text from Holy Scripture with profane elements from the pastorale genre and bucolic touches. This could not be further removed from the gilt and ostentation of the court of Versailles and everything is designed to allow the musical emotion to develop in the “tendre” or sentimental register. The Ensemble Correspondances has restored this rare work to its former glory on vinyl prior to bringing it back to life on the concert stage.

Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Ensemble Correspondances


Pastorale de Noël Charpentier


Pietro Paolini-DR

Un Noël chez Monsieur Charpentier