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!

  • Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.


    Michala Petri

  • Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and first was exposed to the piano by his father before exploring a teenaged interest in the harpsichord.


    Mahan Esfahani

  • Elisabet Selin born 1953, is daughter of the composer Axel Borup-Jørgensen and pianist and harpsichordist Ingrid Myrhøj.


    Elisabet Selin

  • The Percurama Percussion Ensemble was founded by Professor Gert Mortensen, with The Royal Danish Academy of Music as its point of departure.


    Percurama Percussion Ensemble

  • Gert Mortensen was born in Denmark in 1958. He studied in the soloist class at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he is now professor.


    Gert Mortensen

  • Erik Kaltoft was born in 1943 and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Arhus.


    Erik Kaltoft

  • Jens E. Christensen is an organist at Our Saviour's Church in Copenhagen and for more than twenty years was a teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.


    Jens E. Christensen

  • Tim Frederiksen studied under Erling Bloch and Max Rostal. Advanced chamber music studies under, among others, members of the Amadeus Quartet.


    Tim Frederiksen

  • The Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR was founded in 1925 and is one of the world`s oldest radio symphony orchestras.


    The Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR

  • Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) where he will become Music Director from the start of the season 2018/19.


    Thomas Søndergård


Marin (Germany) "schön - 5 stars Überragend"

Miguel Cabruja

Marin (DE) "Verstörend schön - 5 stars (Max) Überragend"

Miguel Cabruja.


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

Valdemar Lønsted, Newspaper Information, Denmark


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

Valdemar Lønsted


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

crescendo Redaktion


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

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


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

Grego Applegate Edwards

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

Graham Rickson


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

Marin - Marin: An Unknown Danish Master Gets His Due Marvellously



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


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

Heinz Braun

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