Himmelfahrt – 2024

Vox Luminis has teamed up with the Freiburger Barockorchester again, and together they celebrate music for Ascension Day. This topic inspired great composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, four of whose Ascension cantatas have been preserved.

The festive and colourful Cantata BWV 128 Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein was composed towards the end of Bach’s second year in Leipzig. The Ascension Oratorio BWV 11 was written for larger forces and ends with a triumphant chorus.

In the case of Georg Philipp Telemann, more than thirty cantatas for Ascension Day alone have survived. The cantata Ich fahre auf zu meinem Vater (“I ascend unto my Father”) was composed in 1721. The recording of this cantata is a world premiere.

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