Eindrucksvolle Klangbilder Die Anzahl von Einspielungen, die dem Werk des Niederländers Jacobus Clemens non Papa gewidmet sind, ist gering und seine Musik kommt in Konzertprogrammen nur sehr selten vor. Dies ist besonders deshalb überraschend, da Clemens eindrucksvolle Klangbilder komponierte, die durch plötzliche Texturwechsel oder harmonische Veränderungen entstehen.
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.
'This is the second recording by the Brabant Ensemble devoted to Clemens … Together they go some way to convincing us that he was one of the better composers of the 16th century … Here we get good tuning and chordal singing that glows from within' (BBC Music Magazine)
'Sympathetically recorded and with excellent booklet notes by Rice, this is another fine release by an ensemble that could be seen as stemming from the same tradition as The Tallis Scholars, i. e a chamber choir bringing before the public little-known repertoire, the worth of which it passionately believes in. It does it every bit as well, too' (International Record Review)
'The setting of Mass for the Dead understandably gets top billing, for despite its modest scale and simplicity, it is an affecting piece, as its opening movements signally testify. The Brabant Ensemble sing this with admirable clarity, assisted by a very transparent acoustic and recorded sound image' (Gramophone)