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The Abendmusiken were a legendary concert series organised by Buxtehude in Lübeck. Even Johann Sebastian Bach travelled a long way to attend these concerts of sacred and instrumental music and met the master Dietrich Buxtehude, the most famous organist in Europe. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Vox Luminis and the Ensemble Masques have come together to perform a programme of cantatas (Gott hilf mir, denn das Wasser geht mir bis an die Seele, BuxWV 34 | Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm, BuxWV 10 | Jesu, meine Freude, BuxWV 60 | Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41) and instrumental pieces (Sonatas BuxWV 255 and 261). The recording assembles leading specialists of this repertory, with the expert voices of Vox Luminis combining with the vitality of the instrumentalists of Ensemble Masques.

Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice award Gramophone Critic's choice award Gramophone Classical Music Awards award Presto Classical Recording of the week award

"The combination of innovative scoring and exquisite performance makes these sonatas really stand out from the crowd, and it’s particularly noticeable how easily the musicians change gear from a largely accompanying role to the chamber style called for by these instrumental interludes."
Presto, May 2018
"“For anyone who loves Baroque vocal music in particular, this is an absolute gem of a disc, and the instrumental sonatas provide a welcome bonus."
Europadisc, May 2018