The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

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.

Reviews

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

September 16, 2015

Percussion Creative, Germany

Michael Zöller

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

September 16, 2015

New Music Buff (US)- Percussion Extravaganza

perkustooth

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen

September 29, 2014

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

September 18, 2014

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

September 11, 2014

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

September 4, 2014

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

September 4, 2014


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

May 14, 2014

International Record Review, UK

Roger Thomas