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Dyrud’s parallel career in improvisation profoundly informs the bold and unusual way the 40-year-old Norwegian has approached the Passion story. Not the least intriguing aspect of Out of Darkness is that it does not stop with Christ’s death but embraces the Resurrection and institution of Eucharist as well, all of this contained in remarkably plain-spoken settings which are insistently punctuated with trumpet (triumph and mourning) and percussion (nails driven, marching feet) sounds. It’s turbulent music, but not excessively theatrical. The Nidaros choir has impressive pedigree and a fearless approach to new repertoire. This is perhaps their finest moment together, a permanent addition to the Nordic canon.

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