Cappella Pratensis

Requiem

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Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917254129
Catnr: CC 72541
Release date: 13 January 2012
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917254129
Catalogue number
CC 72541
Release date
13 January 2012

""In the Missa Cum Jocunditate the singers create dazzling columns of sound with relaxed voices.""

De Volkskrant, 15-9-2016
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About the album

For its third CD on the Challenge label, 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. La Rue clearly drew inspiration from his older colleague, echoing Ockeghem's sober yet sonorous style. Both works were praised in their time, with Ockeghem's described as "exquise et très parfaicte" (exquisite and most perfect) and La Rue's as "die klangvollste Musik, die man hören konnte" (the most harmonious music you could ever hear). It is clear that these composers reserved their richest inspiration for the setting of a text that was so deep that few dared to stray from the purity of the Gregorian Chant version. By bringing these two works together, Cappella Pratensis offers not only the chance to hear the beginning of one of the great traditions in Western art-music, but also two profound musical translations of the words of consolation that mark the passing of our fellow travellers in life.
Betoverende muziek uit de late middeleeuwen
In deze uitvoering voert het ensemble Cappella Pratensis ons terug naar het ontstaan van de dodenmis, het requiem. De requims van Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) en Pierre de la Rue (c. 1452-1518) vormen een ideale combinatie. Vooral ook omdat het hier gaat om de eerste meerstemmige (polyfone) dodenmissen van twee vooraanstaande meesters uit de Franco-Vlaamse school. Door het bijeenbrengen van deze werken biedt Cappella Pratensis de gelegenheid, om het begin van een van de grootste tradities in de Westerse kunst-muziek mee te beleven. Én de kans om de woorden van troost in een onvergelijkbaar gelukte muzikale vertaling op ons te laten inwerken. "In de Missa Cum Jocunditate trekken de zangers met ontspannen kelen, fraaie zuilen van geluid op." De Volkskrant, september 2016.

Johannes Ockeghem stond bekend als een technisch zeer knap vakman. Sommigen beweren dat hij zelf een lage zangstem had, wat zou blijken uit zijn koorwerken, waarin contratenor en bas een voor die tijd opvallende laagte hadden. De la Rue werd duidelijk geïnspireerd door zijn oudere collega Ockeghem, aangezien hij diens sobere, maar toch sonore stijl nadeed. Beider Requiem werd in hun tijd alom geprezen. De versie van Ockeghem werd omschreven als 'exquise en erg perfect' en die van De la Rue als 'de meest klankrijke muziek die er bestaat'. Duidelijk is zeker, dat deze componisten een inspirerende topprestatie leverden bij het optekenen van de tekst. Deze tekst voelde zo diep, dat weinigen het waagden om van de pure schoonheid van het Gregoriaanse gezang af te wijken.

Cappella Pratensis, opgericht in 1987, zingt vooral de muziek uit de periode tussen 1450 en 1600. Toonaangevende muziek van Franco-Vlaamse polyfonisten als Pierre de La Rue en Johannes Ockeghem. De groep combineert een historische uitvoeringspraktijk met originele programma’s en verrassende interpretaties, gebaseerd op wetenschappelijk onderzoek en artistiek inzicht. Zanger en dirigent Stratton Bull is artistiek leider van het ensemble.

Die ersten polyphonen Reqiem-Vertonungen

Für seine dritte CD bei Challenge Classics geht Cappella Pratensis ganz zu den Anfängen der Tradition der Totenmesse zurück. Die Requiems von Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) und Pierre de la Rue (c. 1452-1518) bilden eine ideale Paarung, da es sich hier um die ersten polyphonen Totenmessen von zwei hervorragenden Meistern der Franco-Flämischen Schule handelt.

Somit bietet Cappella Pratensis die Chance, den Anfang einer der großen Traditionen in der westlichen Kunstmusik mitzuerleben und die Worte der Tröstung in einer unvergleichlich gelungenen musikalischen Umsetzung auf uns wirken zu lassen.

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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 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 men-sural 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’s approach was largely established by its first conductor, Rebecca Stewart. Cappella Pratensis is now under the artistic direction of singer and conductor Stratton Bull, who succeeds other previous leaders Bart Demuyt and Peter Van Heyghen.

Besides regular appearances at concert 
venues in the Netherlands and Belgium, Cappella Pratensis has performed at leading international festivals in Utrecht, York, Regensburg, Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels, Knechtsteden and Bre�ice. Tours have taken the group to the United States (including a week in residence at Harvard University), Canada and Japan. Cappella Pratensis has also 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. In 2008 Cappella Pratensis premiered a complete polyphonic mass (Missa Unitatis) by the award-winning British composer Antony Pitts. In 2009 the ensemble released a DVD/CD production around the Missa de Sancto Donatiano by Jacob Obrecht, which included a reconstruction of the first performance of the mass, filmed on location in Bruges together with substantial documentary material. This production was crowned with a Diapason découverte and the highest rating from Classica magazine (Fineline Classical FL72414).

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, an annual summer course and training young singers within the group itself.

Press

"In the Missa Cum Jocunditate the singers create dazzling columns of sound with relaxed voices."
De Volkskrant, 15-9-2016

Their exemplary performance, recorded superby in knock-out Hybrid SACD High Definition Surround Sound, are deeply embedded in both music and text - exquisite stuff.
Choir & Organ, 01-7-2012

Serious scholarship and a commitment to performing from a central music stand with a score in the original mensural notation combined creatively with mellifluous singing.
Early Music Today, 01-6-2012

the sweeping unbarred nature of their singing is impressive and compelling
Early Music Review, 01-4-2012

studied, beautifully shaped and blended performances
Sunday Times UK, 01-4-2012

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