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The Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis was founded by Lionel Meunier in 2004, and came to widespread international attention in 2012 when they won Record of the Year at the Gramophone Awards for their recording of Heinrich Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien on Ricercar (their contribution to the Martin Luther anniversary in 2017 on the same label was also nominated for a Gramophone Award, and won the choral category at the BBC Music Magazine Awards). Their discography also includes Buxtehude’s Abendmusiken (with Ensemble Masques), Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Bach’s Actus Tragicus and Purcell’s King Arthur (all on Alpha), the Fux and Kerll Requiems and Scarlatti’s Stabat mater on Ricercar, and Keiser’s Brockes-Passion on Ramée.
Further Reading: Vox Luminis
The two Belgian early music ensembles pool their resources for two very different works depicting Orpheus's descent to the underworld, with Van Mechelen on outstanding form as the intrepid hero in each case.
David listens to the Belgian ensemble's latest album, tracing the evolution of the cantata through the older branches of the Bach family tree.