ABBAYE DE ROYAUMONTSTABAT MATER
Clémence de Grandval
or a passion for sacred music
SUNDAY, JUNE 18 - 17.30
Anne Calloni, soprano
Marie Karall, mezzo-soprano
Charles Mesrine, tenor
Jiwon Song, barytone
Mathias Lecomte, piano
Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard, organ
Michel Piquemal, musical direction
Choeur régional Vittoria d’Île-de-France
In 1870, the newspaper Le Ménestrel reviewed Clémence de Grandval’s Stabat Mater with the greatest enthusiasm: with this “masterwork,” “Mme de Grandval has proven once again that she is a true composer among the best”. Originally composed for choir and orchestra, this striking work, which emerges from a dark instrumental prelude and ends with a powerful Inflammatus, was a great success during the composer’s lifetime – as were her operas, Piccolino and Les fiancés de Rosa, and her chamber music, which was awarded the Prix Chartier in 1890. Despite the importance of her production, Clémence de Grandval had to fight all her life for her work to be recognized, fighting against the double handicap of her status as a woman and as a viscountess, which classified her as a dilettante. Her Stabat Mater is revived here in a version accompanied by piano and organ, with the singers and soloists of the Vittoria Regional Choir of Île-de-France, conducted by Michel Piquemal.
Clémence de Grandval or the passion for
CLÉMENCE DE GRANDVAL (1828-1907)
Stabat Mater : soloists et chorus
O quam tristis ! : air for soprano
Quis est homo : soloists quartet
Pro peccatis : trio (soprano, alto, tenor) et chorus
Eia ! Mater : air for tenor et chorus
Sancta Mater : duet for soprano and baritone
Juxta crucem : air for alto
Fac ut portem : soloists quartet
Inflammatus final : soloists and chorus
ANNE CALLONI, soprano
MARIE KARALL, mezzo-soprano
CHARLES MESRINE, tenor
JIWON SONG, barytone
MATHIAS LECOMTE, piano
BAPTISTE-FLORIAN MARLE-OUVRARD, organ
MICHEL PIQUEMAL, direction
CHOEUR REGIONAL VITTORIA D’ÎLE-DE-FRANCE
CHOEUR RÉGIONAL VITTORIA
Founded in 1987, the Choeur Régiona Vittoria d’Île-de-France is an oratorio choir of international reputation that brings together some sixty experienced amateur singers around a strong identity, marked by high standards, curiosity and passion.
The Choir has a deep affinity for French music: they like to discover little-known composers such as Martial Caillebotte, Jean Cras or Joseph-Guy Ropartz. They also like to venture onto the virgin paths of discovery and creation at the instigation of their artistic director, Michel Piquemal and his associate conductor, Boris Mychajliszyn.
If its primary mission is the promotion of classical music and mainly choral singing in the Ile-de-France region, the choir also radiates in France and abroad. With a discography that has often won awards – notably the “Victoires de la musique classique” in 1998 for its recording of Honegger’s King David – the Choeur Vittoria is sought-after by the best professional orchestras and their conductors, as well as by artists or structures that have cross-disciplinary projects.
The Chœur régional Vittoria d’Île-de-France is subsidized by the Île-de-France Region and receives support from the City of Paris in order to promote excellent amateur artistic practice.
Musical director: Michel Piquemal. Associate conductor: Boris Mychajliszyn.
In his forty-year career as a conductor and choirmaster, Michel Piquemal has done an incomparable job of rediscovering and creating oratorios, combining voices and symphony orchestra, for which he has been awarded two Victoires de la Musique Classique.
Having completed his vocal training with Pierre Bernac and Denise Duval, he was in the 1990s one of the major interpreters of French Melody throughout the world, giving rise to numerous reference recordings. He was regularly invited to appear on Jacques Chancel and Jacques Martin’s television shows. Michel Piquemal was already strongly attracted by the repertoires and the unknown composers, a taste that he keeps intact today.
He then developed another way of transmitting his knowledge, by directing vocal and instrumental ensembles such as his Ensemble Vocal and then the Choeur Régional Vittoria d’Île-de-France, which he has directed since its creation in 1987. He also perfected his conducting skills in order to be able to embrace all the fields he is passionate about. He was awarded the 3rd and 5th Victoires de la Musique Classique for his recordings of Arthur Honegger’s Roi David and Duruflé’s Requiem.
Michel Piquemal has been decorated as an Officer of the “Ordre National du Mérite, an “Officier des Arts et des Lettres”, and a “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” for his overall musical contributions to the musical heritage. He was also awarded the Hungarian Pro Artibus prize.
ABBAYE DE ROYAUMONT
Address: Fondation Royaumont, F-95270 Asnières sur Oise
WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
From the train station in Luzarches (line H), shuttles allow to reach the Abbaye in 8 minutes, which means the ride from the Gare du Nord is less than an hour long.
More about the shuttles on the Abbaye de Royaumont website :
DRIVE FROM PARIS
Take the A3, A1 and N104 to D316 in Mareil-en-France. Take the exit no. 94b and then leave the N104. Continue on D316. Take the D922 to the D909E in Asnières-sur-Oise.
Royaumont has received the certification « Accueil vélo ».
This certification states that a space reserved for bicycle parking has been set up in the parking lot, that there is a drinking water point for cyclists, sanitary facilities, a repair kit for minor damage (flat tire, derailment) and even a charging spot for electrically assisted bicycles…
The ride from the train station in Viarmes takes about 10 minutes.
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CLEMENCE DE GRANDVAL ?
Clémence de Grandval (1828 – 1907)
Héloïse Luzzati, cello
Gabriel Pidoux, oboe
Laurianne Corneille, piano