Since its founding in 1944 by Révérend Père Émile Martin, of the Oratory, the Chanteurs de Saint-Eustache (= CDSE; Singers of Saint-Eustache) has given more than 1,000 concerts and numerous recordings, many of which have won the Grand Prix du Disque. The Choir has participated in more than 20 festivals in France and Europe. The keep a musical tradition that goes back to the edification of the church of Saint-Eustache, over 350 years ago.
The singularity of the CDSE lies in the diversity of its repertoire ranging from works of thFranco-Flemish of 14th century to large symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries. The compositions of Monteverdi, Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Vittoria are in the programme of Sunday Masses and some concerts. This intimacy with the polyphonic repertoire, itself derived from the monody, marks the interpretation of all the works, in any time they are the seal of the liturgical tradition.
The CDSE has been conducted in recent years by prestigious conductors (Sir Colin Davis, Michel Plasson, Yukata Sado, Jean-Paul Pénin, David Coleman, Rophé Pascal, Didier Seutin...) with which they performed works as diverse as Resurrection Symphony by Gustav Mahler, lEnfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel, Freischütz by Freischütz, St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach, Amphion by Arthur Honegger, Pilgrimage of the Rose by Robert Schumann, Requiem by Roger Calmel.
The CDSE regularly works with organists of Saint-Eustache: Master Jean Guillou, titular organist for 40 years, Francesco Filidei, his pupil and François Olivier, owner of the choir organ and soloists as famous as Laurent Naouri, Anne Constantine, Elisabeth Vidal, Colette Alliot-Lugaz, André Cognet, Hervé Lamy, Françoise Masset, Françoise Pollet, Ian Honeyman or Ekatarina Godovanets.
From September 2001 to April 2003, the CDSE worked with Michael Cousteau works as diverse as opera Fernand Cortez by Spontini, the cantata Alexander Nevsky by the Prokofiev, a series of motets German Romantics and Johannes Brahms' German Requiem at the Église Saint-Eustache.
The current Director of the CDSE is Lionel Cloarec. Under his direction they have performed works by Francis Poulenc and Maurice Duruflé's Requiem which, in the Église Saint-Eustache and they are interested in the French Baroque, such as Te Deum and Messe de Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Te Deum by André Campra, etc. In May 2005, they performed with the lOrchestre de Massy, under the direction of Dominique Rouits the Requiem by Robert Schumann and Nänie by J. Brahms. The 2004-2005 season ended in Houlgate with Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, accompanied on the organ by Denis