Recorder music

By Axel Borup-Jørgensen

…silence is music too…

For many listeners, the name of Axel Borup-Jørgensen may come as a new discovery, and yet during his long and productive creative life (with more than 180 opus number in his catalogue), he was a seminal figure in contemporary Danish musical life and the recipient of a number of the country’s most distinguished awards, including the Carl Nielsen Prize and the Wilhelm Hansen Prize.

Borup-Jørgensen considered himself a self-taught composer; while being thoroughly “modern” in outlook, his music is organic, expressionist, aphoristic – even “painterly,” always embracing the sheer sensual beauty of the musical tone. Perhaps more than anything else, it was this “organic” quality that attracted Borup-Jørgensen to the recorder, and to Michala Petri.

This recording presents Borup-Jørgensen’s complete works for recorder; a chronicle of a 30 year relationship that began when his daughter, Elisabet Selin became Michala Petri’s first and only private student. Over the years, Michala and Elisabet performed on a number of critically acclaimed recordings but none as special as this; as the artists for whom these works were originally composed, their interpretations are both personal and authoritative. Beginning with the Fantasia for sopranino recorder and harpsichord op. 75 from 1975 and concluding with Pergolato op. 183, composed the year before the composer’s passing, each work carefully explores the potential of the recorder as a melody instrument and as a source of new forms of acoustic expression.

  • 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

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


    Elisabet Selin

  • 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

  • Ingrid Myrhøj was born 1926 in Finland. She studied organ and piano at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, amongst others with professor Elis Mårtensson. After her studies she received a stipend to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen 1947-48. Here she met and later married Axel Borup-Jørgensen.

    Organ / piano

    Ingrid Myrhøj

  • 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


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Gramophone (UK)

Richard Whitehouse

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Ensemble Chamber Music Magazine (Germany)In allen schmeichelt sich in tiefer Lage der warme, in höchster auch kreischen, zirpen und piepsen den Blockflötenton ins Ohr – gebändigte und losgelassene Natur!

Diether Steppuhn

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Fanfare Magazine (US)- A remarkable disc, stunningly performed and well recorded.

Colin Clarke

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The Recorder Magazine (UK) The result care with which this album has been put together will certainly encourage more attention to be given to Jørgensen`s music.

Paul Bunell

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Klassik Heute, Germany - Wertung: 10 / 10 / 10 it is a momentous milestone of recorder music of the 20th Century

Heinz Braun

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Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review (UK)This is not just state-of-the-art modern recorder music. It is also a collection of very pleasing high-modern chamber music.
Very much recommended.

Grego Applegate Edwards

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The Classical Reviewer (UK)- This attractive and worthwhile release is an excellent memorial to Axel Borup-Jørgensen and his exploration of the recorder.

The Classical Reviewer

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International Record Review (UK) - their structural rigour and striking timbral contrasts giving the programme a genuinely other-worldly quality

Roger Thomas

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