Vox Luminis

U.S. debut
Schütz and the Bach Family

8:00 PM Wednesday, June 4
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH  – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant).

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Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis opens their first-ever performance in the U.S. with the Musikalische Exequien from the all-Schütz CD that won Gramophone Magazine’s “Recording of the Year” in 2012. Also on the program are choral works by three generations of the venerable Bach family, including its best known kinsman, Johann Sebastian.


Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672) – Musikalische Exequien

Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (Martin Luther) – Choral

1. Concert in Form einer teutschen Begräbnis-Missa – SWV 279
2. Motette: Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe – SWV 280
3. Canticum B. Simeonis: Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Friede fahren – SWV 281

Johann Bach (1604 – 1673) – Sei nun wieder zufrieden meine Seele
Johann Michael Bach (1648 – 1694) – Herr wenn ich nur dich habe
Johann Michael Bach (1648 – 1694) – Unser leben wärhet 70 Jahr
Johann Michael Bach (1648 – 1694) – Ich weiβ daβ mein Erlöser lebt 
Johann Christoph Bach (1642 – 1703) – Herr nun lässest du deinen Diener
Johann Ludwig Bach (1677 – 1731) – Das Blut Jesu Christi
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) – Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV 159a

Stabat Mater

8:00 PM Thursday, June 5
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant).

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Vox Luminis completes its BFX double bill with an all-Italian program, including Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater.


Anonymous – Lamentation de la Vierge au pied de la Croix
Antonio Lotti (1667–1740) – Crucifixus (a 8)
Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) – Adoramus te Christe
Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757) – Salve Regina 
Alessandro Della Ciaia (ca. 1605–ca. 1670) – Lamentation Virginis in despositione Filii de Cruce (a 9)
Domenico Scarlatti- Stabat Mater a 10

About Vox Luminis

Lionel MeunierArtistic Director

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Vox Luminis

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004 in Namur, Belgium, is an ensemble specialising in the performance of 16th – 18th century vocal music.

The ensemble has been praised for its seamless blend of high quality individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound. Critics have also commented on the ensemble’s enthusiasm in sharing its passion for early music with an audience.  The majority of the group met at one of the most significant centers for early music in Europe: the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Vox Luminis has performed in festivals and venues in Belgium (Nuits de Septembre de Liège, festival de Stavelot, Juillet Musical de Saint-Hubert, Automne Musical de Spa, MA festival Bruges, festival van Vlanderen Gent, Laus Polifoniae Antwerpen, festival des midi-Minimes, Eté Musical de Roisin, Société Philharmonique de Namur…); France (festival d’Ambronay, festival de Saintes, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay, festival de Saint-Michel en Thiérarche, Midsummer festival d’Hardelot, festival Contrepoint 62, Festival Musique et Mémoire de Luxeuil, Musique et Natures en Bauges, festival Bach en Combrailles…); Germany (Ratingen Bachtage festival, Muziekfest Stuttgart); The Netherlands (Oude Muziek Utrecht, Den Haag, Delft); Portugal (Centro Cultural Bélem-Lisbon) and Croatia (Varazdin Baroque Evenings).

Vox Luminis records exclusively for the Belgian Label Ricercar. The ensemble’s first CD, released at the end of 2007, features four vocal works by Domenico Scarlatti, including his famous 10-part Stabat Mater. In May 2010 the ensemble released its second album, Samuel Scheidt: Sacrae Cantiones, which features several world premieres. Vox Luminis’ most recent CD, released in June 2012, created a buzz with an interpretation of Heinrich Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien. This recording has received several prestigious awards such as the Gramophone ‘Recording of the Year’, the ‘Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award’ and the ‘International Classical Music Award’.

Other recordings have also received many awards throughout the world including, Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’, Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica, Muse d’Or Baroque, Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik, Joker de Crescendo and Prix Caecilia.

Vox Luminis is very grateful to have the support of the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles.

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