In October and November 2019, Cappella Pratensis toured the United States with a very successful series of concerts and workshops on the Missa Maria Zart by Jacob Obrecht. It yielded full halls and enthusiastic responses.
In his restless life, polyphonist Jacob Obrecht (1457 / 58-1505) often traveled from Flanders to Italy for assignments. He also visited the art-loving court of Ercole I d’Este, duke of Ferrara, several times. The “Missa Maria Zart” may have been created during one of these journeys. With this masterpiece, Obrecht creates one of the longest known mass compositions.
Some quotes from a review of New York Classical Review, October 28, 2019:
“The living presence of the all-male ensemble … with unwavering focus and imagination was an eye-opener.”
“The dedicated performance of the group unfolded the expression of this composer in all its variety.”
Cappella Pratensis “sang with convincing male energy and resonance. These were not angels, but people of flesh and blood.”
“As a musical-visual-historical introduction to Obrecht and his world, brought straight from the source to New York, Sunday’s performance is hard to beat.”
Concerts given in Ann Arbor, Detroit, New York, Williamstown, Boston