Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
Te Deum C138
Afferte Domino C147
Regina cœli C140
Emblematic pieces from the Grand Siècle, Clérambault’s motets will be performed again in Prague and Versailles by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles choir Les Pages & les Chantres and the Collegium Marianum ensemble conducted by Olivier Schneebeli.
Nicolas Clérambault was a major composer in the early 18th century primarily known for his superb French cantatas, although he also wrote several exquisite grands motets. Following the musical tradition established by Lully and Lalande at Versailles, these works show a little-known side of this composer, namely a distinctive blend of Italian theatricality. Newly published by the CMBV and first presented to the public in 1999, his grands motets will be performed again, for the first time in twenty years, due out on CD by the summer of 2020. Olivier Schneebeli will be conducting the CMBV choir Les Pages & les Chantres alongside four outstanding soloists, former CMBV singers, backed by the Czech Collegium Marianum ensemble, valued CMBV partners. With performances of these motets in Prague and Versailles, Schneebeli pursues his exploration of the baroque genre, to which he has devoted his career.