According to the latest research the mass known as Napoléon’s coronation mass, attributed to Méhul for almost two centuries, was actually composed by Franz Xaver Kleinheinz (1765-1832). It was not actually performed at Napoleon’s coronation. It was the Festival of La Chaise-Dieu, directed at the time by Guy Ramona, which, with the help of the Fondation Napoléon, realised the restitution of the actual music of the “Sacre”. The scores were rediscovered in the atttic of the CNSM, by Jean Mongrédien, professor of musicology at the Sorbonne. These were the hand-written copies of the “separate parts” used for the ceremony. It was he himself, placed at the head of the team in charge of this work, who confirmed, by comparisons of stylistic studies with the Te Deum, that the mass was by Giovanni Paisiello. The “première” was the subject of a recording, by the orchestra and choirs of the Chapel of St Petersburg, and Guy Touvron’s brass ensemble, together with works by Jean-François Le Sueur and Nicolas Roze.
7pm, 11 March 2017, Chapelle Royale du Chateau de Versailles. Tickets available here.
Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
Les Amazones (ouverture)
La Chasse du Jeune Henri
Franz Xaver Kleinheinz (1765-1832)
Mass in A flat Major (known as “by Méhul” for the Sacre of Napoléon
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony n° 5 en ut mineur
Chantal Santon-Jeffery Soprano
Caroline Meng Mezzo-soprano
Artavazd Sargsyan Tenor
Tomislav Lavoie Bass
Flanders Radio Choir
François-Xavier Roth, Conductor