After his second visit to Venice in 1628, Heinrich Schütz was greatly impressed by the (religious) music of Claudio Monteverdi. The latter showed how to reinforce the content of the text through music, thus bringing out the human affects in all their clarity. This technique is clearly reflected in Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien. The funeral music for Prince Heinrich II is among the most intense mourning music of the 17th century and a milestone in the Baroque era. Lionel Meunier and Vox Luminis are particularly attached to the work. Their 2012 recording was awarded “Recording of the Year” by Gramophone and ensured their international breakthrough.