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A big piece that calls for a big sound, this strikingly operatic Requiem, subsequently dedicated to the victims of the 2011 Utøya massacre (near Oslo), benefits hugely from the large choral forces and Super Audio recording. It’s bold to include a non- classical vocalist into a work like this, but Teitur Lassen has a quietly compelling presence, and the integration of hymns by Simon Grotrian into the traditional Latin texts helps to reinforce an air of timelessness and immediacy to the piece. A DVD version might have been worthwhile, but for the most part one is content to surrender to music that in this interpretation (semi-secular, or post-Freud, one might say) is devoted to the journey of the self backwards from death into life again. It’s a bold work by a significant Danish composer, richly and humanely sung.

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