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Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble - Officium Novum (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble - Officium Novum (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble
Title: Officium Novum
Genre: Classical Crossover, Vocal Music, Jazz, Choral, Folk, World, Modern, Medieval, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:07
Recorded: June 2009 at Propstei St. Gerold

It was in 1993 when Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, a vocal quartet from Britain focused on music of the Renaissance, have first recorded together. Their outstanding piece “Officium”, with Garbarek as an additional free-ranging ‘voice’, has resulted in consistently inventive music making since then and sold more than one million copies. The follower “Mnemosyne” (1998) took the story further, expanding the repertoire beyond ‘early music’ to embrace works both ancient and modern.
Now, after another decade of shared experiences, Garbarek and the Hilliards found together once again in the St. Gerold´s monastery and recorded their third album “Officium Novum”. Its central focus lies, besides music from Russia, France, Spain and the Estonian Arvo Pärt, on the music of Armenia based on the adaptations of Komitas Vardapet, pieces which draw upon both medieval sacred music and the bardic tradition of the Caucasus. Therefore the musicians have traveled to the countries, studied the music and present it with a passion which shows another unexpected advancement.

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 preexisting 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 early 20th century Armenian priest, musicologist, and composer Komitas; Nikolai N. Kedrov, a Russian composer of the same era; mid-20th century Greek composer Giorgios Sefaris; 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. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins

1. Ov zarmanali 04:11
2. Svjete tihij 04:15
3. Allting finns 04:19
4. Litany - Otche nash - Dostoino est 13:07
5. Surb surb 06:40
6. Most Holy Mother of God 04:34
7. Tres morillas m’enamoran 03:32
8. Sirt im sasani 04:06
9. Hays hark nviranats ukhti 06:26
10. Alleluia. Nativitas 05:19
11. We Are the Stars 04:19
12. Nur ein Weniges noch 00:19

Jan Garbarek, soprano and tenor saxophones
The Hilliard Ensemble
David James, countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor
Steven Harrold, tenor
Gordon Jones, baritone

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