Missa de Venerabile Sacramento


Information booklet about the recording of Cantores Sancti Gregorii. This programme is built around the reconstruction of the early 16th century liturgical practice in the Heilige Stede Kapel in Amsterdam, namely, the votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament celebrated weekly together with the procession with the Miraculous Host. The central piece of this concert is the famous Occo Codex, luxurious choirbook made for Heilige Stede Kapel by the workshop of Petrus Alamire, from which we chose Josquin's Missa Pange lingua and several motets connected to the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Plainchant and other liturgical elements also come from graduals and missals of local provenance.


The ensemble Cantores Sancti Gregorii was founded in 2013

by Jan Janovcik as an experimental artistic platform for performance

of early music. The ensemble specializes in sacred

and religious music with a special focus on Gregorian chant and

polyphony inspired therewith. Recognizing the inexhaustible

power of inspiration that can be found in beauty and tradition

Cantores always strive to present sacred music in its integral liturgical

context, its ʹSitz im Lebenʹ, whether that be in a concert or in

an actual liturgical celebration.


he ensemble gathers singers who are not afraid to look for

beauty at unexpected places, gives space to both careful study

and use of historical sources as well as the instinctive and subconscious

in improvisation and ornamentation. In the performance of

chant and mediaeval and renaissance polyphony, music that was

often born in violent times, Cantores look for interpretation that is

manly and strong.


n 2014 they performed at Canto Aperto festival in Sint Truiden

and also as a part of the Fabulous Fringe series of the Festival

Oude Muziek Utrecht to wide public acclaim.






Esther Kronenburg, Maria Bayley

Isaac Alonso de Molina, Livio Ticli

Jan Janovcik, Marcello Mazzetti

Bram Trouwborst, David Alonso de Molina

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