Torbjørn Dyrud OUT OF DARKNESS

Out Of Darkness

When I see the package with 2L logo on the stamp my musical lights go on as I know, that Morten Lindberg captured again something unique and worthy of getting deeper into.

"Torbjørn Dyrud's work OUT OF DARKNESS presents you with the most famous story of Christian culture - Christ's passion, death and resurrection - in a form you have never heard before. Allow yourself to be moved by Nidaros Cathedral Choir, Sarah Head and the musicians in their presentation of Dyrud's dramatic music. The work is not a passion in the traditional sense, since it does not end with Christ's death. Out of Darkness continues through the kingdom of death and out of the grave, leaving us with the gospel of love that overcomes and endures everything, a gospel of grace and forgiveness. Life is the light of mankind, and we can rise out of the darkness."

This time it's Torbjørn Dyrud OUT OF DARKNESS. Nidaros Cathedral Choir joined with Vivianne Sydnes as conductor, Geir Morten Øien and Erlend Aagaard Nilsen on trumpets, Lars Sitter on percussion and Sarah Head performing the readings.


The majestic almost angelic atmosphere of recording is both spiritual and intimate. The story itself is one of the most potent and from historical point of view elaborated through all of medias over the past two thousand years. When music and reading correlate the joint output have to be seamless and Sarah Hear insightful readings managed to keep the delicate going and flow. She managed to keep the pace of story with a dramatic impact of calmness.

This is pure drama revisited and it recreates the happenings of Jesus with almost a visual appearance due this album performance.

Having sang in the choir and larger vocal ensemble myself, Out Of Darkness reminded me on the one of the kind experiences that churches and sacred musical material can ignite. We often talk abut the musical experience of a listener, but be aware and assured that with the right surroundings and musical material it's can be the same special journey not only for the listeners, but also for the performers. When things click, you forget about the notes and only let the energy of happening relate to you. It's a triumph of story happening rather then just observing it.

Torbjørn Dyrud OUT OF DARKNESS feels like an cinematic excellence morphed to the best aural voyage. As the moods changes across the album the emotions seems to burst out loud and to the grand effect. It's a drama coming to life.

Sound-wise traveling from pianissimo to forte fortissimo due listening and enjoying every bit of listening is always no brannier with the quality of 2L recordings. Morten found his "grip" on how to capture the musical aura of composition and enrich it with a certain dedicated space where recordings take a part. This is an art and by each recording things seems to be getting more subtle with 2L output.


Nidaros Cathedral Choir was started in 1946 and consists today of about 40 singers. The choir regularly contributes to church services at Nidaros Cathedral and has established itself as a major player in the musical life of the city of Trondheim. In the course of Vivianne Sydnes's ten years as artistic director, the choir has commissioned and performed a number of works by both young and established composers, among them Ståle Kleiberg, Henning Sommerro, Torbjørn Dyrud and Wolfgang Plagge.

In 2010 the choir released their album NIDAROS which included samples from these works. In 2010 Nidaros Cathedral Choir premiered Torbjørn Dyrud's passion music "Out of Darkness" in a scenographic performance in the cathedral.


Conductor Vivianne Sydnes was educated as an organist and choirmaster at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has a diploma in conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She was Director of Music at Nidaros Cathedral 2002-2012. Recording this work was one of the last projects under her leadership during her time in Trondheim. Since 2011 Sydnes has been associate professor of choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and she is the musical director of NOVA Chamber Choir.


Composer Torbjørn Dyrud was educated as an organist and choirmaster at the Norwegian Academy of Music, with a subsequent diploma in choral conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has also studied composition and improvisation.



Nidaros Cathedral Choir
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor
Geir Morten Øien, trumpet
Erlend Aagaard Nilsen, trumpet
Lars Sitter, percussion
Sarah Head, readings
Catalogue # 2L-099-SABD 
EAN13 7041888518723
ISRC-code NOMPP1311010-240

Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
Stereo DSD

Disc 2
Pure Audio Blu-ray
DTS HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.1
LPCM 192kHz/24 bit STEREO
mShuttle: FLAC 96kHz + MP3
Region: ABC - worldwide

Release date: December 2013
Recording date: September and October 2012
Location: Nidaros Cathedral, Norway
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)

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