Vox Luminis: Buxtehude’s Abendmusik

November 18, 2020, 10:00 pm

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During the latter third of the 17th century, St. Mary’s Church in the city of Lübeck had, as its organist, the best in the world: Dietrich Buxtehude. His peers, Handel and Bach, traveled to this ‘free’ city in northern Germany to admire Buxtehude’s skills with the instrument. Buxtehude had succeeded Franz Tunder, who had established some evening concerts outside the liturgy, with organ music and some vocal pieces. As new organist, Buxtehude reorganized these evenings, scheduling them for the five Sundays preceding Christmas. He also increased the number of musicians participating in the sessions, wrote new music, and even printed books for some of the pieces they performed. On tonight’s monographic edition of Baroque&Before, Vox Luminis, under the direction of Lionel Meunier, presents a series of cantatas that Buxtehude composed especially for these Abendmusiken.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert December 1, 2019, in Pau Casals Hall in Barcelona’s LAuditori, as part of its regular presentations of Early Music. Thanks to our association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’ll be able to present tonight’s concert as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Dietrich Buxtehude (ca 1637-1707)
– Gott hilf mir, denn das Wasser geht mir bis an die Seele, BuxWV 34
– Trio Sonata in A minor, BuxWV 272
– Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm, BuxWV 10
– Trio Sonata in B flat, op. 1/4, BuxWV 255
– Jesu, meine Freude, BuxWV 60
– Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41
– Trio Sonata in C minor, op. 2/4, BuxWV 262
– Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BuxWV 62
– Excerpt from ‘Gott hilf mir, denn das Wasser geht mir bis an die Seele, BuxWV 34’ (encore)


Vox Luminis vocalists and instrumentalists
Lionel Meunier, conductor