Officium Novum

Officium Novum

by Jan Garbarek
     
 
More than 15 years separate the release of Jan Garbarek's best-selling album Officium from his Officium Novum. The newer release, like the original, features Garbarek on soprano and tenor saxophones and the male vocal quartet the Hilliard Ensemble. In both albums, Garbarek takes

Overview

More than 15 years separate the release of Jan Garbarek's best-selling album Officium from his Officium Novum. The newer release, like the original, features Garbarek on soprano and tenor saxophones and the male vocal quartet the Hilliard Ensemble. In both albums, Garbarek takes pre-existing vocal pieces and embroiders them with his soulful obbligato contributions. The chaste austerity of the men's voices and the reedy plaintiveness of the saxophone make for a surprisingly effective pairing. Garbarek and the singers manage to merge two very different musical worlds without compromising the integrity of either, and that is part of what gives these albums such an impact. The first album used primarily Medieval and Renaissance material -- chants, motets, and liturgical song -- while this second mostly uses more recent source material, primarily from Eastern Europe. In addition to several medieval sources, included are works by the early 20th century Armenian priest, musicologist, and composer Komitas; Nikolai N. Kedrov, a Russian composer of the same era; the mid-20th century Greek composer Giorgios Sefaris; the Estonian Arvo Pärt; and several original pieces by Garbarek himself. Like the first album, this one is suffused with a sense of distant mystery and a profound, powerful melancholy that is given voice with intense feeling. The sound again is spacious and warmly resonant, with an earthy, enveloping ambience. This album will be a must-have for anyone who loved the first one, and it should appeal to any listener with an affinity for meditative Eastern European spirituality, especially when tied to contemporary expressivity and stylistic freedom.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2010
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0028947638551
catalogNumber:
001466402
Rank:
84294

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jan Garbarek   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Hilliard Ensemble   Ensemble
Gordon Jones   Baritone (Vocal)
Rogers Covey-Crump   Tenor (Vocal)
Bruno Ganz   Recitation
Steven Harrold   Tenor (Vocal)
David James   Counter Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Arvo Pärt   Composer
Jan Garbarek   Composer
George Seferis   Composer,Text
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Pérotin   Composer
Komitas   Composer
Bruno Ganz   Text
T.S. Eliot   Text
Jacques Lacarrière   Text Translation
Byzantine Chant   Composer
Thomas Steinfeld   Liner Notes
P. Sherrard   Text Translation
Various Composers   Composer
Ed Keeley   Text Translation
Spanish Anonymous   Composer
Pär Lagerqvist   Text
Mario Giacomelli   Cover Photo
Filippo Maria Pontani   Text Translation
Christian Enzensberger   Text Translation

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