|Live album by|
|Venue||Propstei St. Gerold, Austria|
|Genre||Jazz, Gregorian chant|
|Label||ECM New Series ECM 1525 NS|
|Jan Garbarek chronology|
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|||
Officium is a 1994 album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and early music vocal group Hilliard Ensemble. Based on 12th- to 16th-century liturgical works by composers including Cristóbal de Morales and Perotinus Magnus, the album was recorded at the monastery of Propstei St. Gerold in Austria.
AllMusic awards the album with 3½ stars and Richard S. Ginell's review says: "Recorded in a heavily reverberant Austrian monastery, the voices sometimes develop in overwhelming waves, and Garbarek rides their crest, his soprano saxophone soaring in the monastery acoustic, or he underscores the voices almost unobtrusively, echoing the voices, finding ample room to move around the modal harmonies yet applying his sound sparingly." Marius Gabriel remarked that Officium is "what Coltrane hears in heaven." 
Brought together by Manfred Eicher, this collaboration has become one of the most successful releases on the ECM label, achieving sales of more than 1.5 million. Following a number of successful concert tours, a second collaborative album, Mnemosyne, was released in 1999. Officium Novum, another sequel album, was released in September 2010.
- "Parce mihi domine" (from the Officium Defunctorum by Cristóbal de Morales) – 6:42
- "Primo tempore" (Anonymous) – 8:03
- "Sanctus" (Anonymous) – 4:44
- "Regnanten Sempiterna" (Anonymous) – 5:36
- "O Salutaris Hostia" (Pierre de la Rue) – 4:34
- "Procedentem sponsum" (Anonymous) – 2:50
- "Pulcherrima rosa" (Anonymous) – 6:55
- "Parce mihi domine" (de Morales) – 5:35
- "Beata viscera" (Magister Perotinus) – 6:34
- "De spineto nata rosa" (Anonymous) – 2:30
- "Credo" (Anonymous) – 2:06
- "Ave maris stella" (Guillaume Du Fay) – 4:14
- "Virgo flagellatur" (Anonymous) – 5:19
- "Oratio Ieremiae" (Anonymous) – 5:00
- "Parce mihi domine" (de Morales) – 6:52
- Hilliard Ensemble:
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Gold||25,000*|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||25,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
- Ginell, R. S.Allmusic Review: Officium accessed 11 March 2010
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 525. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Stewart, Zan (4 November 1994). "Carving Out a Place for Hybrid Music : Jazz: 'Officium's' mix of a capella vocals and saxman Jan Garbarek has become an unexpected top seller. The music is hard to categorize, even for the artists themselves". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 18 November 2020. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
- What Coltrane hears in heaven by Marius Gabriel
- In Conversation With Jan Garbarek, jazz.com Archived 2010-01-22 at the Wayback Machine
- Information on new CD Officium Novum
- "Dutch album certifications – Jan Garbarek – Officium" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 1 March 2020. Enter Officium in the "Artiest of titel" box.
- "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
- "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Jan Garbarek; 'Officium')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
- "British album certifications – Jan Garbarek – Officium". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 March 2020.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Officium in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.