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Having recorded the complete motets composed by the ancestors of Johann Sebastian Bach (RIC 347), Vox Luminis now tackles their complete spiritual concerts and sacred cantatas, in which the instruments – particularly the strings – play a highly important role.  In the cantata for the Feast of St Michael the Archangel by Johann Christoph Bach, trumpets and drums are enlisted to evoke the battle of the archangels in heaven. To round off this programme, Vox Luminis presents the cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden by Johann Sebastian Bach, in its original version dating from his Arnstadt period, containing copious elements linking it to the music of his forebears.

GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award BBCMusic Choice award

"Vox Luminis, directed by Lionel Meunier, has established itself as a new star of the scene. With its transparent, flexible, indeed luminous sound, it is rather different from English ensembles."
The Guardian
"In this project Vox Luminis celebrates not just the Bach family, but the power of music-making itself."
BBC Music Magazine
"Vox Luminis’s open-hearted enquiry into four top Bachs – great uncle, two old cousins and their pupil, JSB – brings resonating meaning to the young man’s finest early masterpiece, Christ lag in Todesbanden. Ecstatic listening."
Gramophone December 2019 Critic’s choice
"It’s an outstanding example of the immediacy, sheer bite and exuberance of all Vox Luminis accounts here."
MusicWeb Intnernational, December 2019
"German music of the 17th century belongs to the core of the repertoire of Vox Luminis. The ensemble has performed this kind of repertoire many times since it was founded. Right now it can be considered one of the best interpreters of such music as is performed here"
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