Axel Borup-Jørgensen: Carambolage
15 September 2015
American Record Guide
"Axel Borup-Jorgensen’s compositions use small ensemble and voice. Winterelegie whispers and searches for its voice, both human and instrumental. Sound events are punctuated and often stand alone, but amidst the fragmentation is a thread of continuity. The distinct plots on the figurative graph form a direct line of intention. Carambolage is for percussion, electric guitar, and piano. The spaces here are more pronounced and the direct path more obscured. The listener can hear the painstaking detail that must populate the score with each exact-sounding block. The interactions between performers build singular moments rather than pyramids of tension. ‘Pocket Oratorium’ deconstructs a dark Rainer Maria Rilke poem and stretches each phoneme and syllable. Only 24 words are spoken, with no repeats, but it takes nearly 10 minutes for the broken utterances and accompanying piano, harpsichord, and percussion bursts."