Click on the link here for Audio Player – Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Miserere (extended excerpts) – circa 1953 – ORTF, Paris – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Over to Paris this week for a performance of a seldom heard work (in the 1950s), the Miserere for Chorus, soloists, organ and Orchestra by the 17th century composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier with the legendary Martha Angelici and soloists including Solange Michel, Jean Archimbault, Louis Noguera – the chorus of Jeunesses Musicales de France and members of the French National Orchestra conducted by Louis Martini with Organist Guy Lambert.
The work, according to notes, was languishing in manuscript form in the Archives of the French National library for some 300 years before Organist and musicologist Guy Lambert pored over the pages and resurrected the work for this broadcast and for subsequent commercial recordings.
Unfortunately, this is only an extended excerpt (less than some 20 minutes) of the first 20th century performance. But it’s a historic document nonetheless featuring a stellar group of singers headed up by Martha Angelici.
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