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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.
Jahre aktiv: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top-Alben und Songs von The Hilliard Ensemble
||Parce mihi domine||Officium||6:44||1,29 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Parce mihi domine||Officium||6:52||1,29 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||O salutaris hostia||Officium||4:34||1,29 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Parce mihi domine||Officium||5:35||1,29 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Da Pacem Domine||Pärt: Lamentate||5:40||1,29 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Sanctus||Officium||4:44||1,29 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Tres Morillas M'Enamoran||Officium Novum||3:32||0,99 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Ov Zarmanali||Officium Novum||4:11||0,99 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Surp||Officium Novum||6:40||0,99 €||In iTunes ansehen|
||Beata viscera||Officium||6:34||1,29 €||In iTunes ansehen|