Vox Luminis

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Atrium - Perimeter Institute

With 12 voices, gamba and an organ, Perimeter’s four-storey atrium will be filled with the angelic sounds of one of Europe’s leading early music ensembles. 

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004 in Namur, Belgium, has been praised for its seamless blend of high-quality individual voices, exquisite tuning, and clarity of sound. After a performance in the acclaimed Miller Theater Early Music Series in February 2016, the New York Times called the group’s program “revelatory,” adding that the singers “blended beautifully.” We are looking forward to hearing their soaring voices in our beautiful four-story glass atrium.

NOTE: Since this concert will be held in the atrium it will be a General Admission concert. Subscribers will receive the benefit of priority seat selection on the night of the concert.

Programme:

SCHÜTZ AND THE BACH FAMILY:

Martin Luther: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (choral)
Heinrich Schütz: Musicalische Exequien SWV 279 - 281 op. 7
Johann Bach: Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil (SATB - SATB)
Johann Christoph Bach: Herrn nun lässest du deinen Diener
Johann Michael Bach: Halt was du hast (SATB - ATTB)
Johann Michael Bach: Ich weiss mein Erloser lebt (SATTB)
Johann Christoph Bach: Der Mensch vom Weibe geboren (SSATB)
Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott (SATB - SATB)
Johann Ludwig Bach: Das Blut Jesu Christi (SATB - SATB)

(The programme is subject to change.)


Biography:

Vox Luminis
Early Music Ensemble

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 for sharing its passion for early music with an audience. The majority of the group met at one of the most significant centres for early music in Europe: the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Highlights with Vox Luminis in the 2016/17 season included a tour of Brazil, a European tour with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra performing Monteverdi Vespers (Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne, Freiburg, London), concerts in Germany (Bachkirche in Arnstadt, Thüringer Bachwochen and Bachfest Leipzig) celebrating the Reformation, and return visits to London’s Wigmore Hall and the Berkeley Early Music Festival in the US. The next few years will see the ensemble resident within the walls of the Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Bruges Concertgebouw, the prestigious Utrecht Festival of Early and the Festival "Music and Memory." In the UK, Vox Luminis had the prestigious honour of being resident in 2017 at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Vox Luminis have recorded for the Belgian Label Ricercar, Ramée and Music in Wallonia. The ensemble’s first CD, released in 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. It was Vox Luminis’ recording of Heinrich Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien which brought them to wider attention and which received several prestigious awards – Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year’, the ‘Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award’ and the ‘International Classical Music Award’. A recording, released in May 2015, is a “deeply felt and atmospheric compendium” of the complete Bach family Motets. (Gramophone, July 2015). A disc of music by Roland de Lassus received the Diapason d’Or. Their 2016 disc of Fux and Kerll Requiems received many awards throughout the world including, Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’, Diapason d’Or and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Other discs have received the Choc de Classica, Muse d’Or Baroque, Joker de Crescendo and Prix Caecilia. Their latest album, ‘Actus Tragicus’, is on the label Alpha Classics and was released in November 2016.

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