Vox Luminis – Lionel Meunier artistic direction – Bart Jacobs organ
Cantata "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" (Actus tragicus), BWV 106 Johann Sebastian Bach
Gott hilf mir, BUXWV 34 Dietrich Buxtehude
Herzlich Lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41 Dietrich Buxtehude
The Abendmusiken were legendary concerts given by the composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude in Lübeck. In November 1705, a year before Buxtehude’s death, none other than the young Johann Sebastian Bach undertook a 400-kilometre trek to Lübeck in order to attend these concerts. Bach was so in awe of Buxtehude’s personality and music that he stayed longer than intended, jeopardising his job as an organist. Today, there is no way of knowing exactly what these concerts were like, but Vox Luminis will attempt to bring to life the magic of these evenings with some of Buxtehude’s most refined cantatas and instrumental music. Bart Jacobs, chief cathedral organist, will play the organ in the presbytery, built according to the specifications of Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753), a contemporary and good friend of J.S. Bach.