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Jacob Obrecht: Missa de Sancto Donatiano [CD+DVD] Import

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  • Performer: Wim Diepenhorst
  • Conductor: Wim Diepenhorst
  • Composer: Jacob Obrecht, Wim Diepenhorst, Gregorian Chant, Flemish Traditional
  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Challenge Classics
  • ASIN: B0025TJ4U6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dracontius on January 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This recording by Capella Pratensis, with its accompanying DVD can be warmly recommended.

The Missa De Sancto Donatiano as performed here manages to bring out not only the structural complexity of the work, but also its sheer sensuous beauty, not to mention the mood of gentle joy that pervades it, as it does many of Obrecht's works. Although a few might prefer the faster paced, harder edged and more manneristic rendition of ANS Chorus under Janos Bali, recorded on Hungaraton, this is the better performance of the work for most listeners.

The DVD is an added bonus, and pays due attention to the multiple layers of meaning of the work and the musical materials out of which it is made. Since other reviewers have said enough about the video, I will confine myself to noting a couple imprecisions in the documentary part of the DVD. Catholic theology did not then (and now does not now) countenance the "worship" of saints in the usual English sense of the term, as the interlocutors imply at one point. Unless that, that is, in the sense that even in Protestant England people used to refer to judges as "Your Worship!" Also, it is not precisely true that the elevation is the point at which, according to Catholic theology, the bread in the Mass becomes the Body of Christ. That happens at the "Words of Institution" immediately before.

Overall, a lovely CD and a useful DVD!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on January 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Don't take time to read this review! Buy this performance now! The earlier recordings of Cappella Pratensis have vanished from the market leaving scarcely a trace, despite the fact that they were all first rate. Don't take a chance on missing this one! It's my first "must buy" selection of 2010, and quite possibly the finest recording of a polyphonic mass I've ever heard.

Cappella Pratensis, under its new conductor Stratton Bull, has blessed us with a CD/DVD combo of amazing quality. Let's start with the DVD. It includes a filmed 'recreation' of the premiere 'performance' of Jacob Obrecht's Missa de Sancto Donatiano, as sung in the Donass Chapel of the Sint Jacobskerk in Bruges on an evening in October 1487. That chapel is now a storage closet, so the recreation was staged in a similar chapel in the Sint Gilliskerk of Bruges. The eight choristers are clothed in simple white surplices and sing standing shoulder to shoulder from a single part-book in original 'white' notation placed on a massaive lectern. The three celebrants of the mass sing their liturgical 'propers' at an altar to the side of the choir. A woman in opulent Renaissance costume kneels at their feet; she is the widow of the wealthy merchant Donaas de Moor, who commissioned the composition of the mass and the singing of it in perpetuity. The actress playing this role looks remarkably like the patroness, whom we see in double, in the flesh and in the right-hand panel of the altarpiece of the Deposition, painted by the 'Master of the Saint Lucy Legend'. The kneeling middle-aged man portrayed on the left-hand panel is the dead merchant, Donaas de Moor, who obviously commissioned the painting. The celebrants are clad in priestly vestments and conduct the Mass in full solemnity.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Curley on December 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD/DVD at the suggestion of a recorded music salesman. He told me that it was quite a beautiful performance and value for money. It is much more than that. The performance of the piece is simply beautiful. The accompanying DVD is stunning. It features a reconstruction of the Requiem Mass in the original chapel in which it had it's first performance in October 1487. The choir is gathered around the great music book while off to the side the widow kneels as the priest and his assistants offer the Mass. This makes for compelling viewing for all who wish to see a Mass seeting in it's original form. The DVD also features a documentary piece in which a scholar takes us through the background for the writing of the Mass etc. This scholar's enthusiasm for the piece is infectious. She makes the comment that the restoration of the Mass setting to it's original liturgical framework offers us the opportunity to understand the spiritual nature of the Masses we hear. I cannot rate this CD/DVD highly enough. The cost is minimal compared to the glorious treasure that you will uncover once you hear/see the work of Obrecht.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dante on January 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the reviewer who was disappointed with the dvd component of the package. The cd is 5 star perfect. The dvd is 1 star, therefore overall 3 stars. The contents of the dvd is superb, but the performance of the mass is severely flawed because at high frequency points, the voices shatter, just like an old record would with a worn stylus did years ago. Instead of being transported by this heavenly music, I find myself grimacing and holding on to the arm rest of my chair. I loved hearing this music on cd by this outstanding group, and was lucky enough to hear the same mass performed live by Cappella Pratensis at the Cloisters in NYC. Thank God for the cd, but brace yourself for the dvd.
P.S. Is it possible that only one other reviewer noticed this glaring defect?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Bergin on April 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've been wanting to have a copy of this package since it was first released a few years ago. Included in the purchase are a CD containing most of the music from the mass (missing the parts of the priest, deacon, and subdeacon) as well as the cantus firmi tunes, and also a DVD featuring a re-creation the debut performance (7PM 14 October 1487 in the Sint-Jacobskerk in Bruges) and several short documentary pieces (around an hour total) that detail the background of the "Missa de Sancto Donatiano" and the making of the performance. While the re-creation is not a complete mass (the sequence on the CD is missing from the DVD, as are several prayers of the priest, the ablutions, the purification of the vessels after communion, etc.) It does provide an excellent tool for showing the interplay of plainchant propers (Introit, Graduale, Alleluia, Sequence, Offertory, Communion from the "Mass of a Confessor-Bishop"), a polyphonic ordinary (Obrecht's "Missa de Sancto Donatiano"), and the chanted prayers and readings (the priest's prayers, dialogues with the congregation, etc.).

Some things the DVD does well:
- Capella Pratensis' performance is fantastic. Not too slow (sometimes a problem with Renaissaince Masses), nuanced, excellent pitch and tuning between voices, and clear polyphonic lines. They are also a small ensemble of 8 which gives 2 on a part for the polyphony, which is realistic for the period. Their plainchant is well done also with a cantor and a smaller choir than the polyphony (about 3 or 4 voices). Excellent work Stratton Bull!
- The setting and atmosphere. The lighting is good, not too much (it is 7 PM in October in Bruges, so the church is generally dark, only candles) there isn't any obvious electric lighting in the shots.
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