From April 1503 until April 1504, Josquin was choirmaster at the court of Duke Ercole I d’Este in Ferrara. His employment ended abruptly when the plague broke out. The duke wanted to show off his wealth and devoutness by appointing the best singers and the most expensive choirmaster. Josquin asked the highest fee of all the candidates, and the duke wanted the very best of the best. Cappella Pratensis will sing works that Josquin wrote in the duke’s honour, including the virtuoso motet Virgo salutiferi, O admirabile commercium, a cycle of five vespers antiphons for the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ, and parts of the Missa Hercules dux Ferrarie.
J. des Prez: Inviolata integra et casta es, Virgo salutiferi/Ave Maria, Missa Hercules dux Ferrarie (Kyrie, Gloria), Benedicta es caelorum regina, O admirabile commercium
Andrew Hallock, Timothy Braithwaite, superius | Lior Leibovici, Korneel Van Neste, countertenor | Peter de Laurentiis, Pieter De Moor, tenor | Máté Bruckner, Marc Busnel, bass | Stratton Bull, superius & artistic director
Saturday 21 August 2021
cat. 1: € 28 / € 24
cat. 2: € 24 / € 20