Vox Luminis' new recording includes Cantatas by JS Bach and his forebears: Heinrich, Johann Christoph and Johann Michael Bach. It is nominated for a 2020 BBC Music Magazine Award and was named a Critics' Choice recording by Gramophone.
Having recorded the complete motets composed by the ancestors of Johann Sebastian Bach (RIC 347), Vox Luminis now tackles their complete spiritual concerts and sacred cantatas, in which the instruments – particularly the strings – play a highly important role. In the cantata for the Feast of St Michael the Archangel by Johann Christoph Bach, trumpets and drums are enlisted to evoke the battle of the archangels in heaven. To round off this programme, Vox Luminis presents the cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden by Johann Sebastian Bach, in its original version dating from his Arnstadt period, containing copious elements linking it to the music of his forebears.