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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.

Schütz:
Musikalische Exequien (34'30)

INTERVAL

JS Bach:
Cantata, BWV 106: 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit' (19'50)
Cantata, BWV 4: 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' (19'25)

Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier (director).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Heinrich Schütz

      Musikalische Exequien

      Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
  • Interval

    • Franz Liszt

      Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen - prelude S.179

      Performer: Romain Herve.
      • Saphir Productions.
  • Part 2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cantata BWV.106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus)

      Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cantata BWV.4: Christ lag in Todesbanden

      Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
    • Johann Michael Bach

      Unser Leben währet siebenzig Jahr

      Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
  • Post-concert

    • Jonathan Dove

      Five Am'rous Sighs

      Singer: Kitty Whately. Performer: Simon Lepper.
      • Nights Not Spent Alone.
      • Champs Hill Records.
      • 2-6.
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Abduction from the Seraglio (Overture)

      Orchestra: La Cetra Barockorchester. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • Jonathan Dove

      Cut My Shadow (i. Surprise; ii. The Guitar; iii. Song of the Dry Orange Tree)

      Singer: Kitty Whately. Performer: Simon Lepper.
      • Nights Not Spent Alone.
      • Champs Hill Records.
      • 13-15.
    • Štěpán Rak

      Spanish Suite "To Federico Garcia Lorca": i. Memento; iii. Jota

      Performer: Štěpán Rak.
      • Dedications.
      • Nimbus.
      • 8, 10.

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