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Vox Luminis • Purcell: King Arthur (2CD)

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Vox Luminis already boasts an impressive discography, orientated mainly towards sacred music and German repertoire (its CD devoted to music by Heinrich Schütz won the Gramophone ‘Best Recording of the Year’ Award in 2013). Now this ensemble, founded nearly fifteen years ago by Lionel Meunier, has scaled one of the summits of English music: the legend of King Arthur and his mentor the wizard Merlin inspired one of Henry Purcell’s most popular successes, King Arthur, a semi-opera on which Purcell lavished all his exuberant musical and theatrical inventiveness.

In this revelatory new reading, the Vox Luminis vocal sound always perfectly matches the mix of choruses and highly characterized vocal solos. Prior to recording, the group presented the work in many semi-staged concerts, notably in Britain, where this Franco-Belgian ensemble has enjoyed enormous success, becoming one of the most respected European ambassadors for baroque music-making.
Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier director
Sophie Junker, Zsuzsi Tóth, Stefanie True, Caroline Weynants, Olivier Berten, Robert Buckland, Daniel Elgersma, Marcus Fansworth, David Feldman, Jan Kullmann, David Lee, Sebastian Myrus voices

ALPHA430 • Released 2018