The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

Axel Borup-Jørgensen was a meticulous modernist who followed his own distinctive path. His works exude intense nature mysticism, at one moment tracing the skeletal outlines of barren trees, and blinding sunbursts, or a storm at sea in the next.

The five works presented here - including three world premiere recordings - span the most important period of the composer’s artistic development, from Music for percussion + viola Opus 18 of 1956 to his cathartic Periphrasis Opus 156, (first version, 1977) and all feature the full array of percussion instruments found in 20th century music; skin, metal and wood, everything from small bells to a gong one metre in diameter are employed, to bring Borup-Jørgensen’s exquisitely crafted universe of sounds to life.

Standing at the center of this universe is Gert Mortensen, percussion professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, one of the world’s leading scholars and performers of music for percussion. Mortensen has performed throughout Europe, Africa, North and South America and Asia combining elements of avant garde performance art and ethno-musicology to create a compelling concert experience. Mortensen’s artistry is perfectly matched by ensemble partners representing some of Denmark’s greatest musicians, including the incomparable Michala Petri (recorder), Tim Frederiksen (viola), The Percurama Percussion Ensemble, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and his regular duo partner, Prof. Qiao Jia Jia (Duo Crossfire). Producer, the Danish “wizzard of sound” Preben Iwan.

  • 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.

    Recorder

    Michala Petri

  • Percussion

    Duo Crossfire

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

    Percussion

    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.

    Percussion

    Gert Mortensen

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

    Viola

    Tim Frederiksen

  • Trumpets: Michael Frank-Møller and Karl Husum. Both known as magnificent soloists. Michael and Karl both entered the musical world playing in the ‘Tivoli Boys Guard’ in Copenhagen. Michael also regularly plays solo trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra.

    Orchestra

    Danish National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

  • 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

Reviews

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

Percussion Creative, Germany

Michael Zöller

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

New Music Buff (US)- Percussion Extravaganza

perkustooth

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

Klassik Heute, Germany - Wertung: 10 / 10 /10 -Phenomenal in every aspect of production; quite simply a CD for which there are no superlatives high enough.

Heinz Braun

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

The Classical Reviewer (UK) - The recording couldn’t be finer, bringing out all the delicate details, textures and colours as well as the dramatic outbursts.

Bruce Reader

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

Fanfare Magazine (US)- Produced and engineered by Preben Iwan, The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen is among the handful of very best percussion recordings that I have heard.

Ronald E. Grames

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

Gramophone, UK - this release is another triumph for Gert Mortensen and the formidable roster of musicians with whom he has collaborated on this project, -so resulting is memorable listening experience.

Richard Whitehouse

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen


Fanfare Magazine,(US) - Stunning performances and crystal clear recorded sound are all a composer could want.

Henry Fogel

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

International Record Review, UK

Roger Thomas

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