La Chapelle Royale



La Chapelle Royale has been founded in 1977 in Paris by the belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe.

The initial vocation of the ensemble was to interpret the great french repertoire of the 17th century (Henri Dumont, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, André Campra, Jean Gilles...) but, since 1985, Herreweghe associated it more and more to his own belgian ensemble, the Collegium Vocale Gent, in a repertoire almost exclusively dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach.

Next to La Chapelle Royale, Philippe Herreweghe also founded the "Ensemble Vocal Européen de la Chapelle Royale".

La Chapelle Royale was during the 1980's, together with Les Arts Florissants, one of the pillars of the musical revolution kown in France and Belgium under the name of "Baroqueux" (see Historically informed performance or "performance on period instruments"), initiated during the 1970's by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt.

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