The Dutch-based vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis - literally ‘Cappella des prés' - champions the music of Josquin Desprez and the polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries. The group combines historically informed performance practice with inventive programs 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.
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"The Dutch vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis made a strong impression in recent weeks with Jacob Obrecht's 1487 Missa de Sancto Donatiano in New York's Music Before 1800 series. It called attention to the group's important though somewhat overlooked recording of the piece, one that's a breakthrough in the Renaissance vocal repertoire discography.... The music also benefits enormously from Cappella Pratensis' inward sense of concentration as well as its distinctive blend, tinted by the use of male voices for soprano and alto parts."|
Cappella Pratensis Awarded 5 Diapasons|
Cappella Pratensis' recent recording of the Requiems of Ockeghem and De la Rue has been awarded 5 Diapasons by the major French magazine Diapason. The magazine calls the performance "linear, fluent and transparent."
Ockeghem/De La Rue: Requiem|
Cappella Pratensis turns the page back to the very beginnings of the tradition of settings of the Requiem mass. The Requiems by Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) and Pierre de la Rue (c. 1452-1518) form an ideal pairing, as they are the first polyphonic versions of the Mass for the Dead from The Brilliant composers of the Franco-Flemish school. Both La Rue and Ockeghem produced compositions in which purity of expression is coupled with elegance and inventiveness.
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