Kerll & Fux: Requiems Vox Luminis
- Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-1693): Missa pro defunctis
- 5Sanctus - Beneditus - Hosanna04:27
- 6Agnus Dei02:34
- 7Communio (Lux aeterna)02:44
- Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741): Kaiserrequiem
- 8Introitus (Requiem aeternam - Te decet hymnus - Requiem aeternam)06:47
- 11Offertorium (Domine Jesu Christe - Sed signifer - Quam olim Abrahae)05:00
- 12Sanctus - Beneditus - Hosanna03:33
- 13Agnus Dei01:54
- 14Communio (Lux aeterna)05:00
Info for Kerll & Fux: Requiems
This recording presents two Austrian requiems of totally different character. Johann Joseph Fux wrote his Requiem in 1720 for the funeral of Eleonora von Neuburg, widow of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II. Composed by a musician reputed for his theoretical skill, it impresses with the quality of the polyphonic writing combined with a very rich instrumental fabric comprising cornets, trombones and bassoon in addition to violins, instruments also
benefiting from concertante interventions.
This requiem was played on numerous occasions for official ceremonies, including again for the funeral of Karl VI in 1740. On the other hand, Johann Caspar Kerll’s version is presented in a much more intermits way. As he himself stated in the preface to the edition, this requiem was written“ for my soul’s peace“. It is scored for an ensemble of five voices backed up by a quartet of viols. In a more archaic style, its intense emotion is doubtless influenced by the music of his Roman master, Giacomo Carissimi.
Lionel Meunier, direction
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