Touring production

Ombre & Lumière

Concert Sacred Music
Sacred music, during the Romantic period, spanned the extremes of religious fervour: from spontaneous outpourings of joy to deeply meditative introspection. Melancholy Requiems were matched by exuberant solemn masses. The style of writing too covers a wide spectrum, ranging from the “historical style” referring back to music composed during the Renaissance by Palestrina, a master of the genre, to eminently Romantic music based on ultra-modern harmonies and instrumentation. The programme put on by the Palazzetto Bru Zane in conjunction with Le Concert Spirituel explores these opposing approaches with two virtually contemporary composers: Gounod, a man with a long memory, and Fauré, a transitional figure bridging two centuries. Other composers add colour to this concert with typical late 19th-century motets, using the habitual instruments of the leading Parisian forums of the 1880s: violin, cello, double bass, harp and organ. This is a chance to discover some gems of sacred music by Lili Boulanger, Théodore Dubois, Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Aubert.


Charles Gounod
Messe de Clovis
Gabriel Fauré


Sat 5 December 2020
Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles, Versailles


Hervé Niquet conductor
Chouchane Siranossian solo violin
Florie Valiquette soprano
Jean-Sébastien Bou baritone
Co-production Bru Zane France / Théâtre des Champs Élysées / Le Concert Spirituel
Bru Zane Mediabase
Digital resources for French Romantic music
The website hosts articles on people, works and topics authored by musicologists and historians collaborating with Palazzetto Bru Zane.