At the dawn of the Renaissance the southern Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch, with its abundance of churches and monasteries, was also referred to as “Little Rome”. Central to this religious scene was the Brotherhood of Our Illustrious Lady (Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap), founded in 1318. This devotional organization, which counted among its members the famous painter Hieronymus Bosch, invested considerably in recruiting and employing the best singers and organists for its chapel, which performed a wide variety of polyphonic music. No fewer than nine choirbooks with this repertoire are still preserved by the confraternity. After centuries of silence, this magnificent collection is finally sounding once again. With the five-year project The Den Bosch Choirbooks (2020-24), Cappella Pratensis, itself based in ’s-Hertogenbosch, is giving these manuscripts the attention they deserve. The project includes numerous concerts, workshops, publications, lectures and a series of five CDs. This recording thus invites listeners to imagine themselves among the confraternity members gathered in their chapel in the church of St John the Evangelist in ’s-Hertogenbosch on a sunny spring day. It is May 6, the great feast of St John Before the Latin Gate that commemorates the attempted martyrdom of the Evangelist in 92 AD.
JEAN MOUTON (1459-1522)  Motet Tua est potentia 2:40 PLAINCHANT  Introitus Protexisti me* 4:56 JEAN MOUTON Missa Tua est potentia  Kyrie 3:31  Gloria 6:55 PLAINCHANT  Alleluia Clamaverunt iusti 1:47  Alleluia Dominus in Synai 2:25  Sequentia Verbum Dei Deo natum* 6:57 JEAN MOUTON  Missa Tua est potentia Credo 8:28  Offertorium motet Salva nos Domine 1:40 PLAINCHANT/ANONYMOUS  Prefatio 2:37 JEAN MOUTON/ANONYMOUS  Missa Tua est potentia Sanctus with Elevation motet - O salutaris hostia 7:42 PLAINCHANT  Pater noster* 1:40 JEAN MOUTON  Missa Tua est potentia Agnus Dei 4:43 PLAINCHANT  Communio Ego sum vitis 0:58 JEAN MOUTON  Motet Da pacem Domine 3:07