Vox Luminis II
Sun 16 Jun 7:30pmFrom £5.00 to £30.00
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
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Lionel Meunier director
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia 10’
Handel Dixit Dominus 33’
Ode for St Cecilia’s Day 41’
‘What passion cannot Music raise and quell?’ The question posed by the soprano aria from Handel’s extravagant ode seemed to rouse Handel to new heights of invention and dramatic intensity, illuminating Dryden’s texts with brilliant word painting that ranges from the Day of Judgement to vocal depictions of musical instruments.
Music, musicians and musical instruments all play their part in Britten’s delightful setting of Auden’s iridescent words some two centuries later. Vox Luminis bring their sharpedged clarity and dramatic impulse in celebrating music’s patron saint, and to Handel’s scintillating psalm setting Dixit Dominus.