Bach: Magnificat . Handel: Dixit – 2017

Lionel Meunier and his ensemble Vox Luminis devote this new project to two showpieces by Handel and Bach. Of these two composers born in 1685, the first travelled to Italy in 1707 and made a powerful impression in Rome with the creation of his Dixit Dominus, while the second produced one of his finest compositional tours de force in the Magnificat of 1723/32-35. Two works from the core repertoire of the Belgian ensemble, here fielding combined vocal and instrumental forces, which is perfectly versed in the style and expression of Baroque rhetoric.

“De torrente’ – as unashamedly an erotic product of Handel’s Roman experience as you’ll find – is simply exquisite: tangy, ineffable and beautifully controlled.”

– Gramophone

“The singers of Vox Luminis are clear, warm and unfussy in these beautifully shaped performances of works by two Baroque masters.”

– BBC Music Magazine

“Vox Luminis and Meunier give fresh, vibrant readings, with excellent soloists”

– The Sunday Times

 


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