“Gramophone Editors Choice” for recording of music of the Reformation

Their artistry stunned the audience into silence before they eventually broke out into rapturous applause."

— Seen and Heard International

Vox Luminis Early Music Ensemble
Lionel Meunier, Artistic Director


October 23, 2018, 7:30pm


Principal Underwriter: Darrell & King, LLC
Underwriters:  David W. Garrison & Mary Jane King


"Music of Schütz, Bach, Morley & Purcell"
12 singers, continuo (organ & viola da gamba)

J.S. Bach                Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (Martin Luther)

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

Henry Purcell        Hear my Prayer, O Lord

Music for the Funeral for the Queen Elizabeth - 21 February 1695

Thomas Morley      The first dirge Anthem:           
                                 - I am the resurrection and the life
                                 - I know that my Redeemer liveth
                                 - We brought nothing into this world                                 

Thomas Morley       The second dirge Anthem:
                                  - Man that is born of a woman
                                  - In the midst of life
                                  - Thou knowest, Lord

Thomas Morley        The third dirge Anthem:
                                   - I heard a voice from heaven 

Henry Purcell           O dive custos - Elegy on the death of Queen Mary
Henry Purcell            Funeral Sentences
                                   - Man that born of a woman
                                   - In the midst of life
                                   - Thou knowest, Lord


Vox Luminis, founded in 2004 in Namur, Belgium, is an ensemble specializing in the performance of 16th through 18th century vocal music.  The ensemble has been praised for its seamless blend of high-quality individual voices, exquisite tuning, and clarity of sound.  After a performance on 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.”

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 recording, released in 2007, features four vocal works by Domenico Scarlatti, including his famous ten-part Stabat Mater.  In 2010 the ensemble released its second album, Samuel Scheidt: Sacrae Cantiones, which features several world premieres. Vox Luminis’ 2012 recording of Heinrich Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien has received several prestigious awards including Gramophone’s Recording of the Year, the Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award and the International Classical Music Award.  Other recordings have also received awards throughout the world including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica, Muse d’Or Baroque, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Joker de Crescendo and Prix Caecilia.

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