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.

  • Founded in 1972, the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland is the most northerly professional orchestra in the European Union. It is a regional orchestra based on the town of Rovaniemi and gives performances both in the Province of Lapland and all over the arctic region and Finland. The orchestra has received a new concert hall and working rooms in the Culture House Korundi, where also the Rovaniemi Art Museum is situated.

    Orchestra

    Lapland Chamber Orchestra

  • Clemens Schuldt, winner of the renowned Donatella Flick Conducting Competition London in 2010, is one of the most exciting young conductors emerging from Germany.

    Conductor

    Clemens Schuldt

  • When first approaching the music of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, one hears it described in terms of what it is not: anti-expressive, anti-virtuoso, anti-romantic, the work of an “established outsider”, gleefully thumbing his nose at the conventions of the concert hall and frequently challenging what others would consider “good taste”. Yet, underlying Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s provocative oeuvre is a passionate life-affirming spirit, an irresistible figure with a child-like sense of wonder, leavened with a dark sense of humor that embraces all of modern life’s absurdities and contradictions, combined with the ability to craft extraordinary and thought-provoking works of sound-art.

    Composer

    Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

  • The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 mountainous islands located halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the Northeast Atlantic. Existing under Danish control since 1388, they are currently a self-governing nation under the external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark and possess a distinctive Nordic language and culture. Owing both to their isolated geography and the influence of Danish culture, Faroese art music is still a relatively new phenomenon, though the islands boast a variety of rich vocal music traditions, both in terms of a distinctive hymnody and many ballads and folks songs, which were until the lifting of the Danish ban in 1938, the only means of preserving the Faroese language.

    Composer

    Sunleif Rasmussen

  • Bent Sorensen was born in 1958 in Borup, Zealand. He was a comparatively late-comer to contemporary composition, beginning his musical career as a folk musician, only entering the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen when he was 25 years old. While there, he studied with Ib Norholm and later continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in

    Composer

    Bent Sørensen

  • Pianist, composer and arranger Thomas Clausen was born 1949 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He played piano from a very young age and by his early 20s had already entered into a professional career as a performing artist. His energetic but lyrical piano playing was discovered by Dexter Gordon in 1969 and around the same time, he began a life-long friendship with trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg.

    Composer / Piano

    Thomas Clausen

  • 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.

    Composer

    Axel Borup-Jørgensen

  • Mogens Christensen was born in 1955 on Læsø, the largest island in the North Sea bay of
Kattegat, off the northeast coast of the Jutland Peninsula. In 1983, he graduated from the Royal
Academy of Music with degrees in Music Th eory and Music History. Christensen would go
on to study with Per Nørgård, Poul Ruders, Hans Abrahamsen and Karl Aage Rasmussen.

    Composer

    Mogens Christensen

Reviews

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Das Orchester, Germany

Hanns-Peter Mederer

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Klassisk (Denmark) 5 stars, Nænsom brutalitet

Henrik Friis

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Pizzicato (Luxemburg) - Nördliche Blockflötenklänge

Remy Frank

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Seismograf (Denmark) (Magazine for contemporary Music)

Sune Anderberg

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Kuuntele Uudet, Finland

Kare Eskola.

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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

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

Classical Music (UK)

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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.

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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

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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

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

Anu Jormalainen

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Hufvudstadsbladet, Helsinke, Finland - Komplext och jovialt för blockflöjt

Mats Liljeroos

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