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Clemens Non Papa: Requiem; Penitential Motets

Album Summary

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Missa pro defunctis, requiem for 4 voices
>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Tristitia et anxietas, motet for 4 voices
>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Vae tibi Babylon et Syria, motet for 4 voices
>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Erravi sicut ovis, motet for 5 voices
>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : De profundis, motet for 5 voices
>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Vox in Rama, motet in 4 voices
>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 4 voices
>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Heu mihi, Domine, motet for 4 voices
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Notes & Reviews:

The latest disc from the Brabant Ensemble under their director Stephen Rice features the extraordinary compositional gifts of Clemens non Papa and his Requiem and a selection of motets on a pentitential theme. Despite the popularity of the composer’s music during his lifetime, Clemens is a somewhat marginal figure today and many of these motets have never been recorded before. Yet, listening to this music today, one is immediately enthralled by its opulence and harmonic lushness.

"The disc opens with his subdued Requiem Mass. Many groups would have tackled this with exaggerated dynamics, squeeze-boxing every phrase for maximum impact. Here, though, we get absolute calm, good tuning and chordal singing that glows from within...the Ensemble does full justice to the brilliant Tristitia et anxietas, and the De Profundis is thrilling."-BBC Music

"The Brabant Ensemble grips immediately with the pure serenity of its immaculately tuned, perfectly balanced sound...the singers' sumptuous tone at full volume is overwhelming...These are no bored, deadpan monks. One senses everywhere excitement and pleasure in this underperformed repertoire."-Classic FM Magazine

"the gravely beautiful requiem mass in four parts that's the main work on this Clemens disc is very contained and often rather understated, qualities that the Brabant Ensemble capture perfectly...the sound of the recording from Merton College Chapel, Oxford, is a little lacking in immediacy, though nicely seraphic." -The Guardian ***

"His Requiem seems a plain and severe thing, especially in the beautiful but very restrained performance by this excellent young choir. Too restrained, I first thought, but on a second hearing the tiny expressive inflections became moving. Give these performances time and they'll reward you richly." -The Telegraph ****

"The Brabant Ensemble sing [the Requiem] with an admirable clarity, assisted by a very transparent acoustic and recorded sound image...Clemens and this recording are both worth hearing." -Gramophone Magazine

"The singing thorughout is as refined and expressive as one would wish from a small (11-12 voices) and relatively youthful ensemble, under the direction of an intelligent director for whom clarity of diction and mellifluousness of sound are of the utmost importance...this is another fine release by an ensemble...[who are] bringing before the public little-known repertoire, the worth of which it passionately believes in." -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010).



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>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Missa pro defunctis, requiem for 4 voices
  • Performer: Alastair Carey (Cantor)
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Tristitia et anxietas, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Vae tibi Babylon et Syria, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Erravi sicut ovis, motet for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : De profundis, motet for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Vox in Rama, motet in 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1549

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1547

>Clemens non Papa, Jacobus : Heu mihi, Domine, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (03/16/2010-03/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral