Nordic Sound

Nordic Sound

Tribute to Axel Borup-Jørgensen

Nordic Sound - Tribute to Axel Borup-Jørgensen was conceived as a musical memorial to the late Danish modern master, Axel Borup-Jørgensen. Five leading Danish and Faroese composers, Bent Sørensen, Sunleif Rasmussen, Thomas Clausen, Mogens Christensen and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, were commissioned by Edition Borup-Jørgensen and the composer’s daughter, Elisabet Selin to write a recorder concerto for Michala Petri and string orchestra. The choice of the recorder was both an outgrowth of Borup-Jørgensen’s decades long engagement with the instrument and as Petri’s personal tribute, who became a “second daughter” to the composer.

Rather than writing music in “Axel’s style”, each of the composers was encouraged to reflect upon their own feelings and responses to the man and his music, from Christensen’s shimmering modernism, and Clausen’s congenial, neobaroque stylings, to the daunting and sometimes dark atmospheres of Sørensen, Rasmussen and Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. The premieres took place at a sold-out concert at Louisiana Museum for Modern Art on November 14, 2014 by Petri and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Clemens Schuldt. The concert was recorded for the Danish National Radio, and broadcast all over Europe. (Live Videos available on OUR Recordings YouTube Channel). Immediately after the concert, the whole team went to Lapland to record the program. Though he left behind no disciples and established no “school”, Axel Borup-Jørgensen was a seminal figure in contemporary Danish musical life and deserving of much wider recognition.

Reviews

Nordic Sound

January 31, 2016

Das Orchester, Germany

Hanns-Peter Mederer

Nordic Sound

November 1, 2015

Klassisk (Denmark) 5 stars, Nænsom brutalitet

Henrik Friis

Nordic Sound

October 31, 2015


Pizzicato (Luxemburg) - Nördliche Blockflötenklänge

Remy Frank

Nordic Sound

October 25, 2015

Seismograf (Denmark) (Magazine for contemporary Music)

Sune Anderberg

Nordic Sound

October 22, 2015

Kuuntele Uudet, Finland

Kare Eskola.

Nordic Sound

October 2, 2015

Music Web International - Topped by Michala Petri’s virtuosity, no fan of modern music and the crisp transparency of this ‘northern sound’ should hesitate in adding it to their collection.

Dominy Clements

Nordic Sound

October 1, 2015

Classical Music (UK)- Excellent SACD sound. [FOUR STARS]

Classical Music (UK)

Nordic Sound

September 30, 2015

Gramophone (UK) on Nordic Sound and DFRC - Both discs complement Petri`s tellingly understated virtuosity with committed playing from the Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Aalborg Symphony orchestras respectively.

Richard Whitehouse.

Nordic Sound

September 30, 2015

Klassik Heute (Germany) 10/10/10 "One can hardly imagine more competent and more committed performers for this music than soloist Michala Petri and the fabulous strings of Lapland Chamber Orchestra under the confident, colorful and illuminating guidance of Clemens Schuldt".

Heinz Braun

Nordic Sound

September 27, 2015

The Whole Note (Canada)-August brought me two CDs of modern recorder concertos from Denmark, released on the Danish label OUR Recordings, and what a pleasant smörgåsbord they are (sorry, couldn’t resist that one).

Alison Melville

Nordic Sound

September 25, 2015

Lapin Kansa, Finland - Nordic Sound. Tribute to Axel Borup-Jørgensen.

Anu Jormalainen

Nordic Sound

September 15, 2015

Hufvudstadsbladet, Helsinke, Finland - Komplext och jovialt för blockflöjt

Mats Liljeroos