L'ensemble Cappella Pratensis est spécialisé dans la musique de Josquin Desprez (= Josquinus Pratensis) et d'autres compositeurs polyphoniques des XVe et XVIe siècles. L'ensemble fonde ses interprétations originales sur des recherches universitaires. Comme il était d'usage à la Renaissance, les chanteurs de la Cappella Pratensis se tiennent généralement autour d'un pupitre central et chantent à partir de fac-similés de livres de chœur originaux. L'ensemble, fondé en 1987, est aujourd'hui sous la direction artistique du chanteur et chef d'orchestre Stratton Bull.
"The vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis is a leader in the performance of polyphonic masterpieces from the 15th and 16th centuries, with a particular focus on the Low Countries. The group performs straight from the source, reading from fascimiles of original partbooks or choirbooks, the latter placed on a central music stand or projected on a large screen. Its programmes are intensively prepared and based on thorough musicological research, often in collaboration with leading scholars. Cappella Pratensis also enjoys a formal partnership with the Alamire Foundation, International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries (University of Leuven). This whole approach creates an intense engagement with the music, in performances that aim to reveal the essence of this extraordinary repertoire.
Cappella Pratensis also puts this approach into surprising new contexts, regularly collaborating with such partners as dance companies, jazz musicians, theater makers, and composers.
Until the end of 2024, Cappella Pratensis presents the five-year project The Den Bosch Choirbooks, in which the ensemble is reviving the magnificent choirbook collection of the Brotherhood of Our Illustrious Lady in ‘s-Hertogenbosch after centuries."
After graduating from his studies in language and literature, Stratton Bull went on to study at the Conservatory in his hometown of Toronto and later at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He performed with leading ensembles in Europe and North America, including Tafelmusik Toronto, Hesperion XX, Cappella Pratensis, Cantus Cölln and Capilla Flamenca, and has been singing since 1988 at Cappella Pratensis, shortly after this ensemble was founded.
Since 2004 Stratton is artistic director of Cappella Pratensis. His interest is particularly on the interpretation of 15th and 16th century polyphony from the old notation. He regularly gives workshops and masterclasses on this subject. Through his work at the Alamire Foundation (International Centre for the Study of the music of the Low Countries, University of Leuven), he works closely together with various musicologists on projects related to the music that Cappella Pratensis performs, including the digitisation of late medieval choir books.
Jan Willem Rodenburg
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