Officium (album)

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Released1994 (1994)
RecordedSeptember 1993
VenuePropstei St. Gerold, Austria
GenreJazz, Gregorian chant
LabelECM New Series ECM 1525 NS
ProducerManfred Eicher
Jan Garbarek chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Officium is an album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and early music vocal group the Hilliard Ensemble, that was released in 1994. The album was recorded at the monastery of Propstei St. Gerold in Austria.

The album starts and ends with music by the sixteenth-century Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales.


Allmusic awarded the album with 3½ stars and its review by Richard S. Ginell states: "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."[1] Marius Gabriel remarked that Officium is "what Coltrane hears in heaven." [2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Parce mihi domine" (from the Office of the Dead by Christóbal de Morales) – 6:42
  2. "Primo tempore" (Anonymous) – 8:03
  3. "Sanctus" (Anonymous) – 4:44
  4. "Regnanten Sempiterna" (Anonymous) – 5:36
  5. "O Salutaris Hostia" (Pierre de la Rue) – 4:34
  6. "Procedentem sponsum" (Anonymous) – 2:50
  7. "Pulcherrima rosa" (Anonymous) – 6:55
  8. "Parce mihi domine" (de Morales) – 5:35
  9. "Beata viscera" (Magister Perotinus) – 6:34
  10. "De spineto nata rosa" (Anonymous) – 2:30
  11. "Credo" (Anonymous) – 2:06
  12. "Ave maris stella" (Guillaume Du Fay) – 4:14
  13. "Virgo flagellatur" (Anonymous) – 5:19
  14. "Oratio Ieremiae" (Anonymous) – 5:00
  15. "Parce mihi domine" (de Morales) – 6:52