Musikalische Exequien emerged from the friendship between Prince Henry II of Reuss, nicknamed the Posthumous, and Heinrich Schütz. They lived in a bloody, turbulent age of war and epidemics. The Lutherans saw death as the true culmination of their earthly existence. This was why the prince arranged every detail of his funeral himself: from the music to be sung – composed and performed by Heinrich Schütz – to the coffin. The Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis, led by Lionel Meunier, presents this particularly beautiful requiem with its touching balance of grieving piety and glorious praise for the deceased prince. No more fitting works can be chosen to complement Schütz’ musical gem than several remarkable pieces by the Bach family.