Stabat Mater | Requiem
Alfred Desenclos - Francis Poulenc

Stabat Mater | Requiem

Vlaams Radiokoor | Hervé Niquet | Brussels Philharmonic

Label: Evil Penguin
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917721928
Catalog number: EPRC 0032
Releasedate: 26-09-19
- Poulenc and Desenclos are two contemporaries with a completely different style, which makes for a surprising combination
- Desenclos' requiem is not as wellknown, but a very solid work that will be a nice discovery for a lot of listeners
- Niquet has a very unique, rhetoric approach to these works.
On the final instalment of its Requiem series, the Flemish Radio Choir tackles Poulenc’s iconic Stabat Mater (1950) and Alfred Desenclos’ Requiem (1963), stunning works which steer clear of the typical Requiem horrors to convey a message of hope. Teaming up with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir and its acclaimed director Hervé Niquet extract the emotional and rhetorical essence of music which is eminently French, unusually tender, and delicately majestic.  
Vlaams Radiokoor
The Vlaams Radiokoor(Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today, the Vlaams Radiokoor is renowned for vocal music in Flanders and Europe, and is counted among the top ensembles both at home and abroad. Based in Studio 1 in Flagey (Brussels), the 32 singers of the Vlaams Radiokoor are working on a musical project built on three major pillars. First and foremost, the Vocal Fabricproductions –the laboratory of the Radiokoor. Vocal Fabric organizes concerts that test the boundaries of vocal music and are challenging, quirky and non-conformist. With great hospitality and an intense experience as the golden thread, we bring togetherthe people on stage and those in the hall: vocal harmony is proof that people are more magnificent together than alone. In addition, the choir works regularly with renowned instrumental ensembles from Belgium and abroad, such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Les Siècles, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In this way, the Radiokoor has gradually built up its presence on various international stages. Lastly, the Vlaams Radiokoor is and remains a living portalfor repertoire, knowledge, experience and voices. It makes our vocal heritage accessible to singers and the audience, while also investing in the creation of new vocal works. The choir thus shares its programme, technique and expertise with music lovers, amateurs and professionals.The Vlaams Radiokoor also retains its unique status as a radio choir: a great many concert productions are recorded, and hence the choir has built up a unique collection of live recordings. The collection is constantly supplemented with a selection of studio recordings, thus preserving the vocal heritage for the future.The Vlaams Radiokoor is an institution of the Flemish Community.

Hervé Niquet
Hervé Niquet became the choir’s chief conductor in 2011. This internationally celebrated and flamboyant conductor is key to the choir’s success. Niquet, who refers to the choir as a diamond and ranks it among the top three in Europe, works on achieving a recognisable sonority and is planning a wide range of projects, from unknown French romantic music to contemporary premieres.