Jacob Obrecht: Missa de Sancto Donatiano [CD+DVD] Import
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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!
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.Read more ›
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This is truly a magnificent thing. Everything sounds right... It’s one of those magical collaborations that, over the span of centuries, brought together a genius composer,... Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Pawel P.
This mass, which can be linked to an actual family chapel and a painted altarpiece, is a wonderful example of art, architecture, and music all coming together. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Dr. Mom
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. Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by dante
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... Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by P. Bergin
I purchased this recording in July 2010 and initially only the Kyrie appealed to me. Over the last six months, however, it has grown on me and I have been playing it regularly of... Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Michael D. Kurak