Missa De Sancto Donatiano (bruges 1487)

Missa De Sancto Donatiano (bruges 1487)

Cappella Pratensis

Label: Fineline
Format: CD+DVD video
Barcode: 0608917241426
Catalog number: FL 72414
Releasedate: 04-05-09
this CD/DVD/website combination provides a new experience in recreating late 15th century mass performance and polyphony on the highest professional level.
  • Audio(CD) and video(DVD) experience of the recreation of an authentic 15th century polyphonic mass
  • Cappella Pratensis is well-known Dutch expert in this kind of repertoire
  • The supporting website ( gives lively additional information with historical backgrounds and complete score
Stratton Bull,  Hugo Naessens: Superius | Christopher Kale,  Peter Van Heyghen: Altus, Robert Buckland, Arnout Lems: Tenor | Lieven Deroo: Bassus | Lionel Meunier: Bassus |  Wim Diepenhorst: Organ

An evocation of a commemorative mass composed by Jacob Obrecht and commisioned by Adriane de Vos - in memory of her late husband, the fur merchant Donaes de Moor - and first sung in the Sint Jacobskerk in Bruges in October 1487, opening a window onto the world of late-medieval Bruges.

Jacob Obrecht(1457/8-1505) was a South Netherlandish composer known mainly for his substantial output of Mass Ordinary settings in the late 15th century, as well as for his motets and songs. Like his close contemporary Josquin des Prez, Obrecht was born and trained in the North, and led a peripatetic career involving positions and patrons both north and south of the Alps. Even as a young man in his twenties his talent and influence were celebrated: in the early 1480s the leading music theorist of the time, Johannes Tinctoris, ranked Obrecht among the masters “whose compositions, distributed throughout the whole world, fill God’s churches, the palaces of kings, and the houses of private individuals, with the utmost sweetness.”

The dvd contains a filmed reenactment of the mass plus an extensive documentary featuring Prof. Jennifer Bloxam (Professor of Music Williams College, Massachusetts USA) and Stratton Bull (Artistic leader Cappella Pratensis) made on-location in Bruges. For more information: go to the very special website of the Saint Donation Mass. This website features an audiovisual recreation of that liturgical service complete with plainsong and Obrecht's polyphony sung by the Cappella Pratensis and linked to an annotated copy of the score.  Essays and images illuminate the rich social, cultural, and theological context of this unusually well-documented occasion.
Cappella Pratensis Stratton Bull (artistic director)
The Dutch-based vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis – literally ‘Cappella des prés’ – champions the music of Josquin des Prez and the polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries. The group combines historically informed performance practice with inventive programmes and original interpretations based on scholarly research and artistic insight. As in Josquin’s time, the members of Cappella Pratensis perform from a central music stand, singing from the original mensural notation scored in a large choirbook. This approach, together with attention to the linguistic origin of the compositions and the modal system on which it is based, offers a unique perspective on the repertoire. Founded in 1987 the ensemble is under the artistic
direction of singer and conductor Stratton Bull, who succeeds previous leaders Rebecca Stewart, Bart Demuyt and Peter Van Heyghen (now linked to the group as guest conductor).
Cappella Pratensis has made a series of CD recordings that have met with critical acclaim and distinctions from the press (including the Diapason d’Or and the Prix Choc). From 2005 to 2007, the group was ensemble-in-residence at the Fondation Royaumont (France), where it gave courses, presented concerts and worked with distinguished musicians.
Cappella Pratensis also passes on insights into vocal polyphony and performance from original notation – both among professionals and amateurs – through masterclasses, multi-media presentations, collaboration with institutions, organising its own summer course and training young singers within the group itself.