La Grande Chapelle
La Grande Chapelle is a vocal and instrumental early music ensemble with a European outlook whose main objective is to apply new readings to the great vocal works of the 16th to 18th centuries with special emphasis on the polychoral productions of the Baroque period. At the same time it aims to contribute to the urgent task of reviving forgotten works from the Spanish musical repertoire.
La Grande Chapelle has taken part in the most important Spanish music seasons and performed at the festivals of Picardie, Haut-Jura, Musica Sacra in Maastricht, Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp, Rencontres musicales in Noirlac, the OsterKlang-Festival (Theater an der Wien) in Vienna, the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Radio France, Ribeauvillé, Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Saintes, Île de France, Van Vlaanderen (Mechelen), Lyon, as well as the Cité de la Musique season in Paris and at UNAM in México (at the Nezahualcóyotl auditorium), amongst others.
Upon its foundation in 2005, fired by a desire to spread Spain's musical heritage, La Grande Chapelle set up its own independent record label, Lauda, which specialises in recordings of great musical and musicological interest. It has focused on two principal areas: an exploration of the relationship between the music and literature of the Spanish Golden Age and the revival of works by the most outstanding Spanish renaissance and baroque composers through first-time recordings, particularly those that set a particular work or composer within a specific context.
Recordings by La Grande Chapelle on the Lauda label have received several prestigious national and international awards and prizes for their quality and artistic rigour, including two "Orphées d'Or" (Académie du Disque Lyrique, Paris, in 2007 and 2009), "Label of the Year" in the "Prelude Classical Music Awards 2007" (The Netherlands), "5 of Diapason", "CD Excepcional" in the magazine Scherzo, "Choc de Classica", "4 stars of the BBC Magazine", "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" - and the "Critic's Choice" in the celebrated British magazine Gramophone.
In 2010 La Grande Chapelle received the inaugural FestClásica (the Spanish Classical Music Association Awards) Prize for its contribution to the performance and recovery of previously unrecorded Spanish music.
Albert Recasens is artistic director of La Grande Chapelle since 2007.