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Vox Luminis I

The Belgian early music ensemble begin their Festival Residency at dusk in Blythburgh with two Bach cantatas, alongside his forebear Schütz’s Funeral Music.

Sunday 18 June, 8.00pm

From £5.00 to £22.00

Blythburgh Church

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season

Programme to include:

Bach Cantata BWV 4 ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ 20’; Cantata BWV 106 ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’ 22’
Schütz Musikalische Exequien 35’

Performers

Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier director

500 years after the start of Martin Luther’s Reformation, Vox Luminis begin their Festival Residency at dusk in Blythburgh with three interlinked sacred masterpieces of the German baroque. Schütz marries brilliance of invention with Italianate sense of colour to fashion a truly German Funeral setting, ruminative, radiant and profoundly affecting. His music blazed the trail for Bach and those to follow – including Brahms, for whom this work was surely a guiding light in his own German Requiem. Aptly, Bach opens the programme with two compelling cantatas, whose themes, musical language and Lutheran chorales bind them inextricably with Schütz.

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