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Axel Borup-Jørgensen   (1924 - 2012)

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Axel Borup-Jørgensen trained as a piano teacher and in instrumentation (with Schierbeck and Jersild) at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen in the post-war years, and considers himself a self-taught composer. Borup-Jørgensen was born in Jutland but as a child moved with his family to Sweden, where he grew up. He is influenced by Swedish culture - in particular one finds Swedish poetry and the Swedish landscape in his works. Axel Borup-Jørgensen was one of the first Danes to attend the Darmstadt course, but he has never composed serialist music. He has developed a refined, intuitively musical language with subtle colours and timbres which can gave an impressionistic effect, especially in the works of nature lyricism. His music is often worked through in minute detail, and he has not written many works on the large scale for orchestra. One of his major works is the virtuoso sea evocation MARIN, the gigantic score for which, including 44 individually notated string parts, is a masterpiece of post-war Danish music. Borup-Jørgensen has also composed around 150 chamber and instrumental works, prominent among which are works for percussion and guitar.

Live Dates

20/11/2014   Carambolage på Glyptoteket
Den 22. november ville komponisten Axel Borup-Jørgensen være fyldt 90 år, og det fejres med en ny CD-udgivelse og koncert i Glyptotekets Festsal den 22. november kl. 16.
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22/01/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

AXEL BORUP-JØRGENSEN Værker for bratsch
4/6 Stars

"[..] fascinerende smuk [..]"
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12/01/2016   David's Review Corner

AXEL BORUP-JØRGENSEN: Viola Works
"I take the performances at face value, the Danish viola player, Anette Slaatto, a player of outstanding dexterity."
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03/12/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

AXEL BORUP-JØRGENSEN: Værker for bratsch
5/6 Stars

"Lytningen udvikler sig til en fem kvarter lang vandring ind i en dansk komponists særprægede landskab. Og hvad bratschen angår: Alene udtrykket -den skovmørke klang- siger meget om instrumentets karakter."
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01/12/2015   JC Klassisk

AXEL BORUP-JØRGENSEN: Værker for bratsch
"Det tilkommer nu om stunder DR at uddele de danske pladepriser. Der er et stykke tid til næste uddeling, men man må til den tid ikke glemme ”Viola Works” med musik, som for mange vil være værd at opdage i disse musikalsk overbevisende udførelser i en fin teknisk optagelse."
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15/09/2015   American Record Guide

Axel Borup-Jørgensen: Carambolage
"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."
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01/05/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

Axel Borup-Jørgensen: Carambolage
4/6 Stars

"Et fremragende stykke lydkunst, spillet og sunget knivskarpt... Axel Borup-Jørgensens håndskrevne partiturer ligner noget, der ses under mikroskop, og i et værk som 'Carambolage' fra 1980 er de tre musikere fordybet i at skabe en hel verden af mikroklange."
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05/01/2015   Seismograf/DMT

Plingets Poetik
"Musikken bevæger sig gennem helt andre lydkilder videre i en på én gang abrupt usammenhængende og samtidig poetisk kontinuerlig bevægelse. Udsagn føjer sig til udsagn. Hver især fremstår de i deres klanglige præcision som afsluttede gesti, uanset om de udgøres af små fraser eller blot en enkeltstående lyd."
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04/01/2015   Jyllands Posten

Vævet af drømme
5/6 Stars

"”Sirenernes kyst” er som vævet af drømme. ”Carambolage” demonstrerer lidt efter, at selv om Borup-Jørgensen også kan være en hård nyser at gå i lag med, viser hans værker sig ofte som en fortryllende meditation over livets skønhed."
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Photo: Leif Hesselberg

Discography

Viola Works
Viola Works
Axel Borup-Jørgensen

CD 8.226584 (2015)

Carambolage
Carambolage
Axel Borup-Jørgensen

CD 8.226576 (2014)

Four chamber works from the 1960s and 1970s, where every single note is given minute attention

Orchestral works
Orchestral works
Axel Borup-Jørgensen

CD 8.224030 (1995)

Works for Organ
Works for Organ

CD 8.224018 (1995)

Organ meets harp and percussion in works from the end of the 20th century


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