"The album Lux from 2L celebrates the 25th anniversary of the founding of Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir (Nidarosdomens Jentekor) in 1992. Unusually, the choir, conducted by Anita Brevik, has chosen to celebrate the event with a Requiem.
But this is no ordinary Requiem and Andrew Smith's work commemorates the victims of the Utøya massacre on July 22, 2011. For the Requiem, the choir is joined by saxophonist Trgve Seim and organist Ståle Storløkken. And the album is completed with two works by the Norwegian composer Ståle Kleiberg with Trondheim Solistene."
- Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill
“Acquiring life skills during a challenging, fragile phase of life — learning to belong, to feel seen and included, learning to build friendships — all of this lies at the core of the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir’s mission. The Requiem in Andrew Smith’s version is loosely based on the Roman Catholic mass for the dead. Several of the texts of the traditional Requiem Mass have been replaced, however, with biblical references to the tragic fate of children, reflecting the all-too-frequent conflicts of today in which the young are innocent victims. The words that Ståle Kleiberg has chosen and masterfully set to music echo the Requiem, adding dimensions of faith, hope and love. And light too, when all seems dark.”
- Anita Brevik, conductor
LUX is the conceptual sequel to MAGNIFICAT (nominated Best Surround Sound Album to the 58th GRAMMY Awards)