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Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Officium (ECM, 1993) paired renowned Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek with The Hilliard ensemble--a vocal group with a formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music--playing a riveting and gorgeous set of compositions that were 500 years old. This unusual pairing proved to be a match made in heaven, as the subtle and wistful ...

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Jan Garbarek – The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Terzo capitolo della saga Garbarek/Hilliard Ensemble (dopo Officium del '94 e Mnemosyne del '99), questo Officum Novum rinverdisce l'eccellenza in particolare dell'episodio germinale di un sodalizio fra i più originali, e in fondo sorprendenti, del jazz (?) contemporaneo, sodalizio rinfocolato da esibizioni live che hanno saputo regolarmente riproporre la magia che un incrocio tanto desueto - complici, di regola, i luoghi, ...

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Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

At first blush, there is really no reason the eutection of early a capella music and modern saxophone should work. It is antithetical, it makes no sense. However, wizards like Manfred Eicher, saxophonist and ECM stalwart Jan Garbarek, and early music mavens The Hilliard Ensemble not only defy the odds, they redefine them with a bit ...

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Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

Read "Officium Novum" reviewed by John Kelman

With the unexpected massive success of Officium (ECM, 1994), Jan Garbarek's first collaboration with The Hilliard Ensemble, it would be all too easy for the Norwegian saxophonist and British vocal ensemble to rest on their not inconsiderable laurels, and simply repeat the formula. But while Officium featured a repertoire of structured early music--from Gregorian chant to ...