Jacobus Clemens non Papa–Missa pro defunctis

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Program: #11-45   Air Date: Oct 31, 2011

With new research, we know much more about Jacobus Clemens "non Papa" ("not the Pope")--and the newest from Stephen Rice and the Brabant Ensemble gives us some of his masterful work.

NOTE: All of the music on this program comes from the recent release of music by Clemens non Papa (c.1510/15-1555/6) featuring the Brabant Ensemble directed by Stephen Rice. The CD is Hyperion CDA67848.

The Brabant Ensemble under their director Stephen Rice presents music for the dark time of the year.

Its latest disc of 16th-century polyphony features the extraordinary compositional gifts of Clemens non Papa, put to the service of the Requiem Mass and a selection of motets on a pentitential theme. Within this general aspect of solemnity can be found countless shades of expression and emotion.

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, very different from the occasionally sterile polyphony of some of the composer’s contemporaries. The Brabant Ensemble’s fresh, uncluttered and sincere performances truly bring this glorious music to life.


--Missa pro defunctis 'Requiem'
--Tristitia et anxietas ("Misery and worry have invaded my soul")
--Vae tibi Babylon et Syria ("Woe to you, Babylon and Syria")
--Erravi sicut ovis a 5 ("I have wandered like a sheep that is lost")
--De profundis ("Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, o lord")
--Vox in Rama (A voice is heard in Ramah")
--Peccantem me quotidie ("Sinning every day and not repenting")
--Heu mihi, Domine ("Alas for me, O Lord")

Composer Info

Clemens non Papa (c.1510/15-1555/6)

CD Info

Hyperion CDA67848.