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Jan Garbarek|Officium Novum

Officium Novum

Jan Garbarek

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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.
© Stephen Eddins /TiVo

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Ov zarmanali (Jan Garbarek)

1
Garbarek, Komitas: Ov zarmanali
The Hilliard Ensemble
00:04:11

Traditional, Author - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Komitas, Composer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Svjete tihij (Jan Garbarek)

2
Garbarek, Traditional: Svjete tihij
Jan Garbarek
00:04:15

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Allting finns (Jan Garbarek)

3
Garbarek: Allting finns
Jan Garbarek
00:04:19

David James, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Pär Lagerkvist, Author - Gordon Jones, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Litany (Jan Garbarek)

4
Garbarek, Traditional: Litany: Litany / Otche nash / Dostoino est
The Hilliard Ensemble
00:13:07

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Surp (Jan Garbarek)

5
Garbarek, Komitas: Surb, surb
The Hilliard Ensemble
00:06:40

Traditional, Author - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Komitas, Composer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Most Holy Mother of God (Arvo Pärt)

6
Pärt: Most Holy Mother Of God
Jan Garbarek
00:04:34

Traditional, Author - David James, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Jones, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Tres morillas m'enamoran (Jan Garbarek)

7
Garbarek, Traditional: Tres morillas m'enamoran
Jan Garbarek
00:03:32

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Sirt im sasani (Jan Garbarek)

8
Garbarek, Komitas: Sirt im sasani
The Hilliard Ensemble
00:04:06

Traditional, Author - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Komitas, Composer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Hays hark (Jan Garbarek)

9
Garbarek, Komitas: Hays hark nviranats ukhti
The Hilliard Ensemble
00:06:26

Traditional, Author - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Komitas, Composer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Alleluia. Nativitas (Jan Garbarek)

10
Garbarek, Pérotin: Alleluia. Nativitas
Jan Garbarek
00:05:19

Traditional, Author - David James, Composer, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Perotin, Composer - Gordon Jones, Composer, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Composer, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

We Are The Stars (Jan Garbarek)

11
Garbarek: We Are The Stars
Jan Garbarek
00:04:19

Traditional, Author - David James, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Jones, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Garbarek, Composer, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Harrold, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

12
Nur ein Weniges noch
Bruno Ganz
00:00:19

Manfred Eicher, Producer - Bruno Ganz, Narrator, MainArtist - Giorgos Seferis, Author - Christian Enzensberger, Translator - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Eddins /TiVo

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