“The level of artistry necessary to achieve this kind of living, breathing performance is a rarity.” ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
“Profound and moving” The New York Times
“A mystical experience” Diapason
“Impeccably pure and beautiful, and subtly different each time” Manchester Evening Post
Vox Clamantis fills every venue in which it performs with a distinctive, rounded, captivating sound. This Estonian vocal ensemble is acclaimed for its authentic interpretations of Gregorian chant and medieval plainsong (considered to be a foundation of Western art music), while cleverly interweaving them with vocal masterpieces of the 19th century and modern era.
Artistic director and conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve founded Vox Clamantis in 1996 after the completion of his studies in Paris, and the ensemble has enjoyed great success, especially in early sacred music. Today, Vox Clamantis’ eloquent voice encompasses not only early music but also includes inspiring dialogue with contemporary music, such as the compositions of compatriot Arvo Pärt. The ensemble has received international recognition including a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance (Pärt’s Adam's Lament) and two Diapasons d’Or (Liszt’s Via Crucis in 2013 and Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry in 2017).
The first of Vox Clamantis’ two festival concerts features Gregorian chant with sacred music by medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut alongside 20th century French masters Duruflé, Poulenc and Messiaen.
The centrepiece of the ensemble’s second programme is Via crucis; one of Franz Liszt’s boldest and most original works, taking inspiration from chant and Lutheran chorales. Breaking from the past with modern harmonies which heralded a move towards atonality, the work represented a new form of religious music at the time but is rarely performed today. The sparse, beautiful vocals of Vox Clamantis combine with multi-award winning pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier (himself an ordained Orthodox minister) to illuminate this solemn and spiritual meditation on the Way of the Cross.
Mar 3 | Vox Clamantis “O Sacrum Convivium”
Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 1 (motet nos 1 and 4)*
Psalm of David, no 141**
Kas on linnukesel muret (Estonian traditional song)**
Le lai de Nostre Dame
Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, FP97*
O sacrum convivium
*intertwined with selected Gregorian chants
Mar 4 | Vox Clamantis and Jean-Claude Pennetier “Via Crucis”
“Pater noster” from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S173*
Christus factus est
“Ave Maria” from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S173**
Jean-Claude Pennetier piano
** Prelude after a theme from Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen by J.S. Bach, S179 has been changed to “Ave Maria” from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S173.