Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis

Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell Records 1585-13 [LP]
Gimell Records 1585T-13 [Cassette]
Gimell Records CDGIM 013 [CD]
Gimell 454 913 [CD]


  1. Motet: Pastores quidnam vidistis (à 5)

  2. Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis (à 5)
  3. Kyrie
  4. Gloria
  5. Credo
  6. Sanctus & Benedictus
  7. Agnus Dei (à 6)
  8. Motet: Tribulationes civitatum (à 4)
  9. Motet attr. Crecquillon: Pater peccavi (à 8)
  10. Motet: Ego flos campi (à 7)

Performers: Deborah Roberts, Tessa Bonner, Sally Dunkley, Ruth Holton, Caroline Trevor, Robert Harre-Jones, Charles Daniels, Nicolas Robertson, Francis Steele, Donald Greig

Playing time: 54'

Release date: 1987

[1]-[6] Gimell CDGIM 202 [CDx2] Christmas with the Tallis Scholars
[2]-[9] Gimell GIMBX 301 [CDx4] Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Volume 1 – The Tallis Scholars finest Recordings, 1980-1989

Reviewed in:
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.): (Dec. 1987)

Jacobus Clemens (c.1510-c.1556) was called "non Papa" in reference to the Pope of the same name, at least partly in jest, although it does hint at Clemens' musical stature. Unusually, he remained in his native Netherlands and basically represents the end of the conservative Franco-Flemish tradition, although it did have its various extensions, such as in some of the music of Lassus.

Clemens' extremely restrained settings continued to have a large influence on later North German musical composition.

Other recordings devoted to Clemens's sacred music:

Clemens non Papa: Missa pro defunctis / Penitential Motets
Brabant Ensemble - Stephen Rice
Hyperion 67848
Behold, how joyful
Clemens non Papa: Mass and Motets
Brabant Ensemble - Stephen Rice
Signum 045
Jacob Clement
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 8869 77806 92
Clemens non Papa: Requiem & Motets
The Tudor Choir - Doug Fullington
Loft 1075

And a couple of recordings featuring Clemens with other composers, and including secular music:

Priest and Bon Vivant
Sounds of the City of Louvain from the 16th Century
Works by Clemens non Papa and his contemporaries
Capilla Flamenca / La Caccia
Etcetera 1287
Clemens non Papa / Gherardus Mes
Camerata Trajectina
Globe 6020

And a recording including a Clemens motet with music by related contemporaries:

Sicut lilium inter spinas
In Annunciatione beata Marie Virginis
Cappella Pratensis - Rebecca Stewart
Emergo 3975

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Todd M. McComb