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September 23 , 2010

Officium Novum - First reactions

In its first weeks of release “Officium Novum”, the new album by Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, has already topped the classical charts of Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk, vaulted directly into the top ten of the national pop charts of Norway, and is hovering on the threshold of the Polish top pop 30 as well . Described as “Immensely moving” by Britain’s Sunday Times, and “intriguing, mysterious and fascinating” by Holland’s Mania Klassiek, the album is receiving differentiated and detailed reviews in Europe’s press, with Germany’s Jazzthetik, for instance, recognizing that “the new Officium is different from the old one. No holding fast to an earlier success- Instead, a wholly unanticipated sound sculpture of improvisational moments.” For Norway’s Dagbladet, “Officium novum” is the strongest album in the Officium trilogy...

There are still a few world territories where “Officium Novum” is yet to be released. French release date is next on October 4, with US release the following day (October 5).

Meanwhile, Jan Garbarek and the Hilliards continue to tour. Their appearance at Bergamo’s Contaminazioni Contemporanee this week was hailed in the Italian press as the festival’s highlight. Concerts in the days ahead include the Berlin Dom on September 30, and King’s College, Cambridge on October 2. Full concert listings can be found on the tour pages.