The Missa de Sancto Donatiano was composed by Jacob Obrecht and commissioned by Donaes de Noor’s widow, Adriane Vos. Her image appears on the cover of this album, which is part of the triptych The Lamentation (ca. 1475). The mass was sung for the first time in 1487, in the Sint Jacobskerk in Bruges.
This album not only contains a sound recording of the Missa — performed by Capella Pratensis — but also a reconstruction of the Mass and an extensive documentary about its origins. Filmed on location, the documentary features commentary by Jennifer Bloxam, music professor at Williams College in Massachusetts, and Stratton Bull, artistic director of Cappella Pratensis.
Jacob Obrecht was a Flemish composer and is particularly renowned for his sacred music — his many masses, especially from the late 15th century, and motets — and for his songs. Obrecht has lived and worked in both The Netherlands and Italy.