The Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis— acclaimed for their Gramophone performances—makes their series debut with motets from one of music’s most illustrious families. Over generations, the Bach family set the standard for German Lutheran church music as rich, warm and powerful. Culminating in J.S. Bach’s dramatic Jesu meine Freude, this program lets the splendid works of Johann’s predecessors (and cousins) ring out.
Chosen as one of 2018 Critics’ Choice favorite recordings of the year, Vox Luminis, was created in 2004 by Artistic Director Lionel Meunier. The ensemble performs over 60 concerts a year, appearing on stages in Belgium, across Europe and around the world. Since its inception, the ensemble has been defined by its unique sound, appealing as much through the personality of each timbre as it does through the color and the uniformity of the voices. In 2019, Vox Luminis celebrates 15 years with sublime collaborations and a busy touring schedule. The group will record and tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and will tour with the Café Zimmermann ensemble performing the Saint John Passion. Vox Luminis will also see its first performances in Romania and Scotland. While in residence at the Aldeburgh Festival, Vox Luminis will give three concerts at the Snape Maltings. The ensemble will take part in the entire cycle of cantatas at the Leipzig Bachfest, it will open the Musica Antiqua Brugge with King Arthur, as well as open the Vezelay Festival and the Musikfest Bremen, and then close the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. A recording of the cantatas by the Bach family (on the Ricercar label) will celebrate this anniversary with a bonus of several concerts in Paris and Brugge, culminating at the Boston Early Music Festival.
“No surprise, the performances were excellent. Many of these works ingeniously weave chorales through the fabric in one way or another, and the group constantly shifted shape and location to project the contrasting layers most effectively. Yet the singers — four women, seven men — blended beautifully when sheer harmoniousness was the goal.”— James R. Oestreich, The New York Times
From Vox Luminis’ “The Bach Dynasty” performances as part of the Miller Theater’s Early Music series at Church of St. Mary of Virgin, NYC.
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The Bach Dynasty - 11 singers and continuo (organ, viola da gamba)
Johann Bach: Unser Leben ist ein Schatten
Johann Bach: Sei nun wieder zufrieden
Johann Michael Bach: Sei, lieber Tag, wilkommen
Johann Michael Bach: Nun treten wir ins neue Jahr
Johann Michael Bach: Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil
Johann Christoph Bach: Der mensch, vom Weibe geboren
Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf
Johann Christoph Bach: Fürchte dich nicht
Johann Ludwig Bach: Das Blut Jesu Christi
Johann Ludwig Bach: Das ist meine Freude
Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu meine Freude
- Pomona College
- Bridges Hall of Music
- 150 E. Fourth Street
Free admission with open seating, no tickets.
Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance.