Officium

Officium

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by The Hilliard Ensemble
     
 
Officium brings together two very distinct and distant musical styles -- medieval vocal music and jazz improvisation -- to create an entirely new world of sound. Once you hear saxophonist Jan Garbarek's cool tone soaring over the Hilliard Ensemble's radiant singing, you might wonder why it took so long for this marriage to take place. Garbarek dives in and out

Overview

Officium brings together two very distinct and distant musical styles -- medieval vocal music and jazz improvisation -- to create an entirely new world of sound. Once you hear saxophonist Jan Garbarek's cool tone soaring over the Hilliard Ensemble's radiant singing, you might wonder why it took so long for this marriage to take place. Garbarek dives in and out of the vocalists' undulating lines like a skywriter weaving his weightless trail among the clouds. The overall mood is restful and ruminative, though there are times when Garbarek lets the subtle tensions in these ancient pieces inspire him to render more rough-hewn riffs. Is it classical? Jazz? New Age? Officium refuses to be categorized.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0028944536928
catalogNumber:
445369
Rank:
80961

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Tracks

  1. Officium Defunctorum, for 4 voices: Parce mihi domine  - Cristóbal de Morales  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  2. Primo tempore  -  Anonymous, Czech  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  3. Sanctus  -  Anonymous, Czech  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  4. Regnantem sempiterna  -  Anonymous, Czech  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  5. O Salutaris Hostia  - Pierre de la Rue  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  6. Procedentem Sponsum  -  Anonymous, Hungarian  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  7. Pulcherrima rosa  -  Anonymous, Czech  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  8. Officium Defunctorum, for 4 voices: Parce mihi domine  - Cristóbal de Morales  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  9. Beata viscera, conductus for solo voice  -  Pérotin  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  10. De Spineto Nata Rosa  -  Anonymous  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  11. Credo  -  Anonymous, Czech  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  12. Ave maris stella, hymn for 3 voices  - Guillaume Dufay  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  13. Virgo flagellatur  - Sarum Chant  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  14. Oratio Ieremiae  -  Gregorian Chant  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - Barbara Wojirsch
  15. Officium Defunctorum, for 4 voices: Parce mihi domine  - Cristóbal de Morales  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Jan Garbarek  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James

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Officium 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The real problem with this CD is the mixing. The Hilliard Ensemble are wonderful but too soft. Jan Garbarek is often too load and sharp in comparison to the Ensemble. This could have been, and should have been, a great sound but whoever mixed it and produced it ruined the whole thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music wisks you away into a place of peaceful solitude and meditation. I am a lover of classical music, jazz music, and gregorian chanting and the combination of all of these musical types is astounding. The harmony between the century old chants from the Hilliard Ensemble and modern saxaphone from Jan Garbarek gives way to one of the most rare combonations found in music today. As a child it put me to sleep and now it helps with meditation as well as providing an enchanting background while reading a book. It is truely worthwhile buy for any jazz or classical music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have countless cds..from most genres. This is on my shortest list of favorites...I don't know how to tell you why..other than when I first heard the cd as recommended from a trusted opinion I was struck by the beautiful sounds I was hearing....the tight harmonies of the Hilliard Ensemble..almost like the harmony of the Father and the Son of the Trinity...and then the wonderful free expressions of Garbarek's Sax weaving in and out,sympathetic and resonant with the harmonies....but yet another person entirely....like the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the Saxophone is shocking...but in a strangely appropriate way within the context of the piece. It is one of the few works that I turn to that never fails to satisfy. Think of towering cathedral forests of the imagination..shrouded in mist...and a trumpeting exotic bird calling out from within....