Christmas Concert
Posted on 23/11/2010 in 2010

The Monday 20 December 2010 at 20:30

Monday 20 December 2010 at 20:30

Masters of Notre-Dame de Paris:
Adult Choir,
Young together,
Children's Choir

Harp: Anne Raman
Great organ: Olivier LATRY
Choir organ: Yves Castagnatt

Conductor: Lionel SOW
and Sylvain Dini


All the components of the musical device of the cathedral are gathered for this traditional Christmas concert where we are given to hear the traditional folk songs of Christmas (from France and the world) in renewed and original harmonies Accompagés to the choir organ, and interspersed of Gregorian chant and interventions to the great organs of Notre-Dame.


This concert is offered by the cathedral to the faithful, pilgrims and visitors.
Its access is free and free within the limits of the places available in the cathedral.
It is necessary to be in possession of a free contremarque, to be withdrawn at the reception desk of the cathedral from Saturday, December 11, 2010.

This Concert will be free of charge because offered by the cathedral.
Its access is free and free within the limits of the available places in the cathedral. It is necessary to be in ownership of a free countermarked, to remove from the reception of the cathedral from December 11th, between 9:30 A.M. and 6 P.M..

As at 16 December 2010, all contremarques were distributed. It is no longer possible to withdraw from the cathedral's reception desk. Nevertheless, on 20 December in the evening and from 20h25, persons without contremarque will be able to attend the concert in the cathedral within the limits of the available places and the observance of the safety rules limiting the number of persons to The interior of the building.



A Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Come Divine Messiah – Harmonisation: Yves castagnate (1964)
Natus Stink – Gregorian
A Solis Ortus , Gregorian chant alternating with polyphony by Gilles Binchois (1400-1460)
Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen – Michael Praetorius (1571 – 1621)/Jan Sandström (1954)
Christmas – Adam de la Halle (1240-1288)
Medieval Rondeau
A Babe is born – Mathias Williams (1934-1982)
He was born the divine Child – Yves castagnate (1964)

– Great organ: Improvisations


Sacred Music at Notre-Dame de Paris

Import-1184. jpgMusic has always been an integral part of the life of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. It was at that time that the arches were raised in the sky to form the choir of the church, which was born in the school of Notre-Dame and its large polyphonys. The audacity of the cathedral builders responded to that of the musicians. Since then, the musical tradition of Notre-Dame de Paris has maintained itself at the highest level and each generation has come to bring its stone to the prestigious building that constitutes the musical history of the cathedral.

Aware of this secular heritage, the national and international influence of the activities and the excellence of the training provided by the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, the state, the city of Paris and the diocesan Association of Paris decided In 1991 to create the Association sacred Music in Notre-Dame de Paris.

Responsible for the artistic and administrative coordination of all musical aspects of the cathedral, sacred music in Notre-Dame de Paris has for essential missions the musical teaching and the training of singers, the musical animation of Liturgical celebrations of the cathedral, the organization of concerts and hearings, the musicology research around the heritage of Notre-Dame de Paris, the diffusion and musical creation.

A very complete vocal and instrumental device is implemented at the service of these missions. The central element is the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, composed of several ensembles (children's choir, young ensemble, Adult choir in professional formation, Gregorian Ensemble), to which are occasionally joined by baroque orchestras or Symphonic. The great organ, the choir organ and the team of organists attached to them are also major actors.

The concert season, the organ hearings on Sunday afternoon, the reception each year of fifty choirs from around the world, as well as the daily presence of the music at Notre-Dame de Paris, testify to a requirement of musical quality in Harmony with the exceptional vocation of this high place.



Yves Castagnatt performed his musical studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur of music and dance in Paris, in the classes of organ, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, orchestration and improvisation. These studies were rewarded by several first prizes, among them a first organ prize in 1985.

In 1988, he won the Grand Prix of interpretation at the International Grand Prix organ competition in Chartres. He then began a solo career that allowed him to perform regularly in France as well as abroad.

In addition to his solo activities, Yves Castagnate dedicates a very large part of his time to the profession of liturgical organist. Since 1988, he has been titular of the choir organ of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, where he accompanies daily the offices sung by the master of the cathedral.

Both a recitalist and a continuationist, Yves castagnate is very attached to the accompaniment of the singers. As part of the mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris, he teaches interpretation to the singers of the adult choir, whose productions he regularly accompanies in concert. He is also invited by other courses, such as the Concert of Astrée (Emmanuelle Haim), the choir of Radio France or the choir of the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Yves Castagnate's discography is hailed by the highest awards of the specialist journals: Dupré (Symphony-Passion And Evocation) and Viere (First And Second symphonies) to the large organs of the Abbey Saint-Ouen in Rouen, at Sony; MendelssohnThe Six Sonatas) to the great organs of the Church of Masevan and Duruflé (Requiem) to the great organs and with the mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris, at BMG; And finally an album Liszt, Reubke, Schumann, Mendelssohn to the great organs of the Church of the Madeleine (Paris) at MKI. At the end of 2005, he published at Intrada a disc Dupré with the great organs of Notre-Dame de Paris, with the programme The way of the Cross and the Second Symphony, in C sharp minor (Intra020), a disc that was emphasized by music critic and received a Diapason d'or. He also appeared in the double CD gathering the best moments of the 2004/2005 season of Concerts in Saint-Étienne-du-Mont (Paris), where he played Mendelssohn, Viere, Widor and Dupré (Intra018).


Olivier LATRY

Olivier LATRY is considered one of the most prominent organists of his generation, not only in France, but also on the international scene.

After having started his musical studies in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where he was born in 1962, he entered the organ class of Gaston LITAIZE at the Conservatoire National de Région de Saint-Maur in 1978. At the Paris Conservatory, he worked writing with Jean-Claude RAYNAUD.

Professor of organ from 1983 at the Institut Catholique de Paris and then at the CNR of Reims, he succeeded his master Gaston LITAIZE at the CNR of Saint-Maur in 1990. In 1995, he was appointed organ professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris alongside Michel BOUVARD.

Titular of the great organ of the Cathedral of Meaux from 1981 to 1985, he was appointed by competition, at 23 years old, holder of the prestigious large organs of Notre-Dame de Paris, following Pierre COCHEREAU. He still shares this activity with Philippe LEFEBVRE and Jean-Pierre LEGUAY.

Olivier LATRY conducts a concert activity that has led her to perform in more than fifty countries on the five continents, notably in the United States where the invitation by the American Guild of Organists to the Houston Congress in 1988 has prevailed on him to become one of Most popular French organists in North America. He has also made numerous recordings (Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Widor, Franck, Viere, Duruflé...) which have earned him the praise of criticism.

Without wishing to specialize in a specific repertoire, Olivier LATRY is the ambassador of French music from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries and he strives to live alongside the art of improvisation. It is one of the most famous current improvisers, in the tradition of an exceptional French lineage of Charles TOURNEMIRE to Pierre COCHEREAU.

He has a special predilection for the music of our time and has thus participated in the creation of works by Xavier DARASSE, Claude BALLIF, Thierry Siva, Vincent Paulet, Thierry ESCAICH and Jean-Louis florenter. He also carried out an important work on Olivier MESSIAEN's work, which was concluded in the year 2000 by an integral of the works for organ given during a series of highly noted concerts in Paris, London and New York, and by a recording of this Integral to Notre-Dame de Paris for the firm Deutsche Grammophon.

His action in favour of the organ allowed him to win the prize of the Fondation Cino and Simone Del Duca, which was officially awarded to him in November 2000 under the cupola of the Institut de France. He also received a Honorary Fellowship from the North and Midlands School of Music in the United Kingdom in 2006, and the Royal College of organist in 2007.


Lionel SOW

After training as a violinist, first at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris C.N.R. (1st prize in 1996), then with Annie JODRY at the National School of Music of Fresnes (Virtuosity Award in 1998), Lionel SOW turns to the choir direction.

He took a musical training at the C.N.R. and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de dance in Paris, crowned by numerous first prizes: harmony, counterpoint, Fugue (in the class of Thierry ESCAICH), choir direction (in the class of Patrick MARCO), direction of Gregorian chant, Twentieth century writing and Renaissance counterpoint. He obtained the certificate of competency in the direction of vocal ensembles in 2005.

Along with singing studies with Nicole FALLIEN, and conducting with Jean-Jacques WERNER, he took over several vocal ensembles specialising in early and baroque music.

With the mastery of the small singers of Saint-Christophe, which he runs since 1995, he recorded in 2000 the Requiem and the Wailing by Jean GILLES, en 2003 LA Matthaüs Passion of H. Sch Ütz and En 2004 Geistliche Lieder by J. BRAHMS and A. BRUCKNER.

In January 2000, Lionel SOW was the artistic director of the ensemble vocal Les Temperamens, and in September 2002, he became assistant to Nicole CORTI in the mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris where he led the children's choir.

Since 2004, he regularly conducts the choir of Radio France for a capella concerts or the preparation of programmes with orchestra.

In September 2006, Lionel SOW took over the direction of the ensemble of Notre-Dame de Paris (Children's choir, young ensemble and choir of adults).



After studying violin at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles, Sylvain Dini joined the Conservatoire national Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1988, where he won six first prizes: harmony, counterpoint, Fugue, orchestration, analysis and finally Gregorian Choir direction that will soon become its specialty. He deepened the study of Gregorian chant, including Canon Jean Janneteau and the Fathers Dom Jean Claire and Dom Saulnier of the Atelier de musical palaeographic study of the Abbey of Saint Pierre de Solesmes. Finally, for some years he has specialized in medieval vielle with bow.

He has been a professor of analysis and writing at the Vichy National School of Music for ten years. Appointed in 1994 as head of choir at Notre-Dame de Paris, he has in charge the department of Medieval Music: pedagogy, research, concerts at Notre-Dame de Paris and finally liturgy with the Gregorian mass which he directs every week at Notre-Dame de Paris, Offering continuity and permanence of this repertoire in the first cathedral of France. He also takes responsibility for artistic programming for medieval music as part of the concert season at Notre-Dame de Paris.

In the context of the development of the activities of the Department of Medieval Music and the teaching that it provides to the various choirs that make up the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris (children, young Ensemble, adults) it sets up partnerships with Musicians and ensembles, such as Brigitte Lesne and ensemble Alla Francesca, Dominique Vellard, Marie-Noel Colette, Antoine Guerber and ensemble Diabolus in Musica or Jean-Yves hameline.

Sylvain Dini combines his work as a conductor of choir and pedagogue and as a researcher. A large part of his work is devoted to the study of manuscripts, where a place of choice is reserved for the repertoire of the School of Notre-Dame. He carried out an important work of restitution of works which took place both in the programmes of concerts which he directed at Notre-Dame de Paris but also everywhere in France and abroad, as in the record recordings which he directed. His research work was also hailed in 1994 by a first prize in the class of musical civilization at the Conservatoire National de Paris region with a dissertation on the restitution and analysis of Gregorian pieces of the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. This work gave rise, in 1997, to a recording with the mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris entitled Hypapante (5 Diapasons, 9 repertoire). In 2005, still with the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, he recorded a record devoted to the Marian repertoire Mater Dulcissima, which was hailed by critics, notably by the International journal Golberg.

He recently recorded with the Gregorian Ensemble of the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, a disc dedicated to the own repertoire of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in the early 13th century, Surrexit Christus (Vespers and Easter Procession) fruit of a work of Search for several years. The exit is planned at the beginning of 2010 at Hortus.



Import-1493. jpgAfter a first prize of harp in 1989 at the C.N.S.M. of Lyon, in the class of Fabrice Pierre, Anne Raman was received unanimously in the development cycle at the C.N.S.M. of Paris, in the class of Marie-Claire Jamet. Holder of the certificate of Aptitude, she is currently professor at the Conservatoire of the 7th arrondissement of Paris (class which she created in 1990). Very often solicited for juries, she also trains many professors in the State diploma and Certificate of Aptitude of harp, in the framework of the CeFEDeM of Rueil-Malmaison and the formation graduate of the CNSMD of Paris. Winner in 1987 of the "Young soloists" competition of the Autumn Festival, she has been performing in recital, solo concerts or chamber music in Paris (rooms Gaveau, Cortot, Cathedral of Notre-Dame, église Saint-Roch, Saint-Louis des Invalides...), and in All of France and abroad (Switzerland, England, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Morocco, Czech Republic...).
A permanent member of the TM + Ensemble, she creates numerous works and keeps a permanent contact with composers. She also founded the "Trio Opus 93" (flute, saxophone and harp), winner in 1997 of the Cziffra Foundation. Participating in the dissemination of music in all its forms, she is also director of Collection at Editions Billaudot and president of the international Association of harpists and friends of the harp and artistic delegate for the summer Festival of Gargilesse (Indre).
Anne Raman has performed with numerous symphonic orchestras under the direction of prestigious chefs such as Mistislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Rafael Kubelik, Armin Jordan, Michel Piquemal, Michel Corboz, Marc Subtrot, Sébastien Billard... His various activities have allowed him to participate in numerous Festivals, several recordings of discs and concerts radio-diffused (France-Musique...) and televised (TF1).




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Christmas time at Notre-Dame de Paris

The crib, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 27, 2010) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Wednesday, February 2, 2011).
The Nocturnes of the crib, every Saturday and Sunday until 20:45.
The tree on the forecourt, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 27, 2010) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Wednesday, February 2, 2011).
The "Advent words", on Sundays 28 November, 5, 12 and 19 December 2010.
The Exceptional concert: Christmas Oratorio de Johann - Sebastian BACH, Tuesday, November 30, 2010.
The Christmas Concert, Monday, December 20, 2010.
Christmas OfficesOn December 24th and 25th.
The CD "at the Coming of Christmas", bringing together the musical formations of the cathedral.
The Gregorian Chant concert "Stink Natus is", 29 December 2010.

but also:
The concert "Marian Polyphonys of the Renaissance", Tuesday, December 7, 2010.
The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2010.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 11 December 2010.
The mass of Saint Eloi, 12 December 2010.
The Grand organ recital by James-Davis CHRISTIE, Tuesday, December 14, 2010.
The homage to Yves Deverny, Saturday, January 29th, 2011.
The Exceptional concert: Requiem of Fauré and Symphony of Psalms de Stravinsky, Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

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