Vox Luminis at Aldeburgh
From the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival, Ian Skelly presents a concert marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation, featuring Vox Luminis and director Lionel Meunier.
Ian Skelly presents a concert marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation, given by Vox Luminis and director Lionel Meunier at this year's Aldeburgh Festival. Schütz: trailblazer and master of the German baroque, whose works brilliantly marry invention with an acute sense of colour. The Musikalische Exequien is a notable example of this compelling vision: written for the funeral of Count Henirich Reuss, the motet is based on two different texts for four choirs with three to be placed in the distance. No wonder his music profoundly influenced JS Bach and even Brahms, who owned a copy of the score, possibly influencing his own German Requiem. And Bach follows with two cantatas based on Lutheran chorales: the early 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' (Christ lay in the bonds of death), and 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit' (God's time is the very best time), also written for a funeral and with one of the loveliest, most comforting openings in any of his works, with its glowing viola da gamba and gently rocking recorders.
Musikalische Exequien (34'30)
Cantata, BWV 106: 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit' (19'50)
Cantata, BWV 4: 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' (19'25)
Lionel Meunier (director).