“floating islands”; Opus 169:5a (2002); Tristrophoni: Opus 163:1 (2000); preambular: Op[us 72 (1974-1976); “floating islands”: Opus 169:0 (2000); morceaux: Opus 73 (1974-75); “floating islands”: Opus 169:2 (2000); “für gitarre”: Opus 86 (1978-79); “floating islands” Opus 169:5b (2000)
Axel Borup-Jørgensen was by any deﬁnition, a singular ﬁgure in Danish music. Despite several major successes, he remained somewhat of a beloved outsider, embracing the modernist ideal throughout his career. Yet, there is an organic lyricism in his music which has been identiﬁed as uniquely “Scandinavian” in nature. The guitar provided Borup-Jørgensen with an ideal medium for musical expression offering both an intimacy and an ephemerality that complimented his increasingly inward- looking aesthetic. The current program, meticulously played by Frederik Munk Larsen, winner of several international guitar competitions, provides an overview of the composer’s guitar music, from his ﬁrst major composition, the dramatic and gestural Praeambula, Op. 72, (1974-1976) to the late, aphoristic cycle “ﬂoating islands”, Op. 169, (2002), unique in the instrument’s literature for being composed entirely in harmonics.
Borup-Jørgensen worked closely with musicians at every phase – from pre-compositional strategies to performance – among them, guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen, whose extraordinary virtuosity and attention to the most fragile nuance, draw out the deep melancholy and organic beauty of this fearsomely difﬁcult music. There is little doubt that this new recording will become an extraordinarily important document of 20th Century Guitar music.
This album is Recorded in the DXD audio format (Digital eXtreme Deﬁnition), 352.8 kHz/32bit by Grammy nominated producer Preben Iwan, in the Church of the Royal Castle in Fredensborg, Denmark.
Frederik Munk Larsen was born in 1974 and studied with Erling Møldrup, Roberto Aussel and Alex Garrobé in Denmark, Germany and Spain. He is Associate Professor and head of the classical guitar program at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark.
Guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen is pursuing a path of uncompromising artistic curiosity and quality. Determined in searching for the limits of expression he is devoted to exploring musical gestures and textures in the extreme. This approach has led to collaborations with leading European composers and to reviews like “Munk Larsen proves in these works his ﬂuency and enthusiasm, such that rigour and spontaneity crackle through every bar” (The Gramophone, UK), “Frederik Munk Larsen drew a stunning array of percussive sounds from the guitar…” (The New York Times, US) or “from a masterful Lagrima to the ﬁnal de Falla with all the depth and subtlety demanded by the work” – (Diario de Sevilla).
Frederik Munk Larsen has premiered more than 150 new works for guitar, and composers such as Simon Steen-Andersen, Bent Sørensen, Rei Munakata, Svend Nielsen, Niels Rønsholdt and others have all written solo works for him.
A multi-award winner both as a soloist and chamber musician, Larsen has been awarded prizes from “DAAD” (German Academic Exchange Service), the “Irgens Berg’s Artists Prize”, the 1st Prize in Yamaha of Europe’s music competition, as well as being a prize-winner in the National Danish Radio’s “Chamber music Competition”. He appears on 15 CD’s both as soloist and with various ensembles.
Concert tours have taken him to festivals in North and South America, Europe, the Nordic Countries and China, both as soloist with orchestra, in solo recitals and with ensembles like Scenatet (DK), Curious Chamber Players (SWE), Århus Sinfonietta and Duo Hellqvist/Munk (SWE/DK). In recent seasons he has appeared as a soloist with Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Aalborg Symphony and others in concertos by Rodrigo and Simon Steen-Andersen.
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