Floating Islands


Axel Borup-Jørgensen was by any definition, a singular figure in Danish music. Despite several major successes, he remained somewhat of a beloved outsider, embracing the modernist ideal throughout his career. Yet, there is an organic lyricism in his music which has been identified as uniquely “Scandinavian” in nature. The guitar provided Borup-Jørgensen with an ideal medium for musical expression offering both an intimacy and an ephemerality that complimented his increasingly inward looking aesthetic. The current program, meticulously played by Frederik Munk Larsen, winner of several international guitar competitions, provides an overview of the composer’s guitar music, from his first major composition, the dramatic and gestural Praeambula, Op. 72, (1974-1976) to the late, aphoristic cycle “floating islands”, Op. 169, (2002), unique in the instrument’s literature for being composed entirely in harmonics.
Borup-Jørgensen worked closely with musicians at every phase – from pre-compositional strategies to performance - among them, guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen, whose extraordinary virtuosity and attention to the most fragile nuance, draw out the deep melancholy and organic beauty of this fearsomely difficult music. There is little doubt that this new recording will become an extraordinarily important document of 20th Century Guitar music.
This album is Recorded in the DXD audio format (Digital eXtreme Definition), 352.8 kHz/32bit by Grammy nominated producer Preben Iwan, in the Church of the Royal Castle in Fredensborg, Denmark.

  • Guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen is pursuing a path of uncompromising artistic curiosity and quality.


    Frederik Munk Larsen

  • Axel Borup-Jørgensen was born in Hjørring on 22 November 1924, but grew up in Sweden, where his family moved to when he was 2 1⁄2 years old.


    Axel Borup-Jørgensen


Floating Islands

NEWMUSICBUFF (US)"And of course enthusiasts of guitar music will be enthralled as well"


Floating Islands

Fanfare (US)"Borup-Jørgensen’s guitar music is seldom pretty in any conventional sense of the word"!

Raymond Tuttle

Floating Islands

Fanfare (US)"Interview with Frederik Munk Larsen"

Martin Andersson

Floating Islands

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review,US "I strongly recommend this for all who appreciate New Music for guitar. Bravo!"

Gregory Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review,US

Floating Islands

Klassik Heute (Germany)10/10/10 "in jeder Hinsicht Referenzcharakter besitzt. Eine großartige Produktion"!

Heinz Braun

Floating Islands

Fanfare (US) Remarkable, demanding but infinitely rewarding music in impeccable performances

Colin Clarke, Fanfare

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