Vox Luminis

Vox Luminis

VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Representation: UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand & Asia

Overview

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004 in Namur, Belgium by Lionel Meunier, is an ensemble specialising in the performance of 16th – 18th century vocal music. In 2012 Vox Luminis’ Ricercar recording of Heinrich Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien  received several prestigious awards such as Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year’, the ‘Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award’ and the ‘International Classical Music Award’. From this moment their already healthy international performing career developed exponentially. They now tour regularly in the UK, mainland Europe and in the US. The group has been praised for its seamless blend of high quality individual voices, exquisite tuning and the ability to touch the heart.

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Full Biography

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.

Artist Website: www.voxluminis.com

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.
Email: Laura Baldwin

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News

Handel and Bach

October 23rd, 2017

Vox Luminis devote new Alpha Classics release to two Baroque masterpieces

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The 12 Days to Christmas

December 7th, 2016

A festive feast of delights – a summary of Hazard Chase artists appearing in Christmas concerts this season

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Vox Luminis – Actus Tragicus

October 14th, 2016

Vox Luminis to release debut disc on Alpha Classics

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Reviews

Bach: Complete Motets (Ricercar CD)

Vox Luminis gravitate easily to the contemplative, never over-projecting the dramatic implications of the texts… Es ist nun aus – a deeply touching devotional aria with each verse ending with ‘Welt, gute Nacht’ – is worth the price of the discs alone.”
Gramophone Magazine, (July 2015)

This talented Belgian ensemble continues to go from strength to strength. This collection of funerary, Passiontide and Christmas motets by Johann, Johann Christian and Johann Michael Bach cherry-picks some delightful works, giving singers and players plenty of opportunity to shine. Excellent sound and presentation.’ Awarded 5*.
Classical Music Magazine, (August 2015)

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Keiser: Brockes-Passion (Ramée CD)

Classical music award winner in Belgium’s “Les Octaves de la Musique 2015”

“This recording is the fruit of collaboration between Belgian Baroque band Les Muffatti and Gramophone Award-winning vocal ensemble Vox Luminis; bass Lionel Meunier takes responsibility for his group of singers but the overall performance is conducted with ideal rhetorical solemnity and dramatic intensity by Peter Van Heyghen.”
Gramophone Magazine, (August 2014)

English Royal Funeral Music (Ricercar CD)

“Once again, Vox Luminis have touched the heart with their calm interpretative intelligence and vocal beauty.”
Gramophone Magazine, (June 2013)

“Baroque Vocal Recording of the Year & Recording of the Year – Gramophone Awards 2012”

“A marvellous disc.”
Gramophone Magazine, (2012)

A beautifully balanced ensemble of individual yet blended voices… Lionel Meunier’s thoughtful direction makes a serene and rewarding disc.”
The Observer, (July 2011)

“This is an exceptional new Schütz recording… Meunier’s pacing feels utterly natural, and both the inventiveness and meditative repose of Schütz’s music comes across marvellously. In short, if you are looking for a recording of this beautiful and daring work, this new Ricercar disc is the one to choose.”
International Record Review, (September 2011)

 

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Discography & Repertoire

 

Kerll & Fux – REQUIEMS

This recording presents two Austrian requiems of totally different character. Johann Joseph Fux wrote his Requiem in 1720 for the funeral of Eleonora von Neuburg, widow of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II. With rich instrumentation comprising cornetts, trombones and bassoon in addition to the strings. On the other hand Johann Caspar Kerll’s version is presented in a much more intimate way. As he himself stated in the preface to the edition, this requiem was written ’for my soul’s peace’. It is scored for an ensemble of five voices backed up by a quartet of viols.

RICERCAR (2016)

Bach MOTETS

Vox Luminis release the first complete recording of the motets by Johann Sebastian Bach’s ancestors. These motets, most of which are written for double choir, blend the old tradition inherited from the polyphony of the Renaissance with expressive work inspired by the fashions of the madrigal.

RICERCAR (2015)

Keiser – BROCKES-PASSION

The Brockes-Passion can be considered the archetype of the German Passion oratorio. As such,it served as a model and source of inspiration for famous later masterpieces.

RAMÉE (2014)

Artist Manager

Lucy Rice (Cambridge)
lucy.rice@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706029

Assistant Artist Manager

Laura Baldwin (Cambridge)
laura.baldwin@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706031