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Officium / Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble


Release Date: 11/16/1999 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 445369   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cristóbal de MoralesAnonymousPierre de La RueGuillaume Dufay,   ... 
Performer:  Rogers Covey-CrumpGordon JonesJohn PotterDavid James,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Hilliard Ensemble, known for its serious yet musical approach to plainchant, organum, early polyphony and even contemporary music, breaks new ground here. Added to the normal four male voices is soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek. What could a saxophonist possibly have to do with vocal music composed before 1650? Not much perhaps, but this combination creates some wonderful and rare colors. Inside the monastery of St. Gerold, these five musicians were not too concerned about the "type" of music they were making; instead they just made music.
Jan Garbarek's sax improvisations arch over the vocal foundation, and the monastery itself is the sixth musician. The natural echoes and fades create seamlessness and add a layer of religious
Read more mist to this already spiritual music.
A 20th century instrument, four voices and music composed almost 500 years before their births conjoin to create a timeless sound. If ever there were spacious music, this is it. Garbarek sometimes spins a Kenny G-like melody way above the singers and other times blends almost imperceptibly. Perhaps the music is at its best during the latter case, but throughout this disc, the musicians are fully committed to their craft. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Parce mihi domine by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Bass), John Potter (Tenor),
David James (Countertenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Primo tempore by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Gordon Jones (Bass),
John Potter (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Sanctus by Anonymous
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Bass), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Regnantem sempiterna by Anonymous
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Bass),
Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
O salutaris hostia by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor),
Gordon Jones (Bass), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Procedentem sponsum by Anonymous
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Bass), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone),
David James (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Pulcherrima rosa by Anonymous
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Bass), David James (Countertenor),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
De spineto nata rosa by Anonymous
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Bass), David James (Countertenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Credo by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Gordon Jones (Bass),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Ave maris stella by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), Gordon Jones (Bass),
David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Virgo flagellatur by Anonymous
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Bass), John Potter (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
David James (Countertenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Oratio Jeremiae Prophetae by Anonymous
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Beata viscera by Pérotin
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Bass), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1200; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Propistei St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Parce mihi domine
Primo tempore
Sanctus
Regnantem sempiterna
O salutaris hostia
Procedentem sponsum
Pulcherrima rosa
Parce mihi domine
Beata viscera
De spineto nata rosa
Credo
Ave maris stella
Virgo flagellatur
Oratio Ieremiae
Parce mihi domine

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