DVD: MARIN (Animated Fantasy), Axel (Portrait)
SACD: Selected Highlights

Borup-Jørgensen's music exists on the margins of silence, punctuated with searing dramatic eruptions, all of which can be heard in his orchestral masterpiece Marin (1970). Borup-Jørgensen massive 'sea symphony' exists in its own unique world of sound - sometimes in as many as 55 separate voices - as is one of the most challenging and meticulously
detailed orchestral textures every set to paper.

Such visceral music demands visual expression and as part of this very special DVD/SACD release, Lückow Film, and an international team of animators directed by Morten Bartholdy bring Borup-Jørgensen's musical world to life.

Also included is the new film AXEL - a portrait of both the composer, and of mid-century Danish modernism featuring interviews with other composers, colleagues and friends, as well as excerpts from recent live performances of the music by Axel Borup-Jørgensen.

Born in Denmark and raised in Sweden, he was largely self-taught as a composer, emerging on the international spotlight in 1965 when his Nordic Summer Pastoral won first prize in the competition for a short orchestral work held by Denmarks Radio. While the avant-garde of the sixties exerted a strong influence on Borup-Jørgensen's sound world, he always followed his own intuition and obeyed his extraordinary sense of organizing sound combined with a passionate, almost mystical regard for nature.

As Borup-Jørgensen himself once said: 'To compose is not to do what one can; if anything good is to come out of it, one must surpass oneself' – all of the contributors to this special DVD/SACD release of Marin have surpassed every expectation and limitation!


January 12, 2020 (Germany) "schön - 5 stars Überragend"

Miguel Cabruja

January 12, 2020 (DE) "Verstörend schön - 5 stars (Max) Überragend"

Miguel Cabruja.

January 8, 2019

Information (DK) "Borup – Jørgensens fantasi om havet er et hovedværk i dansk musik"

Valdemar Lønsted, Newspaper Information, Denmark

January 8, 2019

Information (DK)"Borup – Jørgensens fantasi om havet er et hovedværk i dansk musik"!

Valdemar Lønsted

October 17, 2018

Crescendo (DE) - "Wenn Musik Augen bekommt . OPUS KLASSIK AWARD Preisträger der Kategorie: Musik-DVD-/Blu-ray-Produktion | Musik"

crescendo Redaktion

April 29, 2018

It is something of a milestone among Scandinavian New Music offerings in recent years.

Grego Applegate Edwards, Classical-Modern Music Review (USA)

April 29, 2018

Classical-Modern Music Review (USA) - "It is something of a milestone among Scandinavian New Music offerings in recent years"

Grego Applegate Edwards

March 23, 2018 (UK) - a treat, in other words. What's stopping you?

Graham Rickson

February 17, 2018

Neue Musikzeitung (Germany) - Wer das faszinierende Werk nur hören will, kann zu dem Danish National Symphony Orchestra unter Thomas Søndergård brilliant gespielen und in überragender Klangtechnik aufgenommen SACD greifen, auf der es darüber hinaus viel Hörenwertes dieses hochinteressanten Komponisten zu entdecken gibt.

Juan Martin Kock

January 28, 2018 - Marin: An Unknown Danish Master Gets His Due Marvellously


January 16, 2018

Daily Classical Music - 'This is music that needs to be listened to several times before one can start to comprehend the composer's inner thoughts ...'

Gerald Fenech, Gzira, Malta

December 18, 2017

Klassik Heute (Germany) - Wertung: 10 / 10 / 10 - Eine musikalische und interpretatorische Meisterleistung!

Heinz Braun