DVD: MARIN – AN ANIMATED FANTASY AXEL – A PORTRAIT FILM
SACD: Axel Borup-Jorgensen: Marin. Op. 60 (1963-1970) Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Thomas SÃ¸ndergÃ¥rd; Music for Percussion + Viola. Op. 18 (1955-56) Tim Frederiksen, viola & Percurama Percussion Ensemble. Conductor Gert Mortensen; FÃ¼r Cembalo und Orgel. Op. 133.2 (1989) Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord. Jens E. Christensen, organ; NachstÃ¼ck. Op. 118.1 for tenor recorder (1987) Elisabet Selin, recorder; Winter Pieces. Op. 30b for piano (1959) Erik Kaltoft, piano; Pergolato. Op. 183 for treble recorder (2011) Michala Petri, recorder; Coast of Sirens. Op. 100 for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, guitar, piano, percussion + multivoice tape (1983-85) Ã…rhus Sinfonietta. Conductor SÃ¸ren Kinch Hansen
Born in Denmark and raised in Sweden, Borup-JÃ¸rgensen was largely self-taught as a composer, emerging on the international spotlight in 1965 when his Nordic Summer Pastoral won ï¬rst prize in the competition for a short orchestral work held by Denmark Radio. While the avant-garde of the sixties exerted a strong inï¬‚uence on Borup-JÃ¸rgensenâ€™s sound world, he always followed his own intuition and obeyed his extraordinary sense of organizing sound combined with a passionate, almost mystical regard for nature
Borup-JÃ¸rgensenâ€™s music exists on the margins of silence, punctuated with searing dramatic eruptions, all of which can be heard in his orchestral masterpiece Marin (1970). Borup-JÃ¸rgensen massive â€˜sea symphonyâ€™ exists in its own unique world of sound – sometimes in as many as 55 separate voices – as is one of the most challenging and meticulously detailed orchestral textures every set to paper.
Such visceral music demands visual expression and as part of this very special DVD/SACD release, LÃ¼ckow Film, and an international team of animators directed by Morten Bartholdy bring Borup-JÃ¸rgensenâ€™s musical world to life.
Also included is the new ï¬lm AXEL – a portrait of both the composer, and of mid-century Danish modernism featuring interviews with other composers, colleagues and friends, as well as excerpts from recent live performances of the music by Axel Borup-JÃ¸rgensen.
As Borup-JÃ¸rgensen himself once said: â€˜To compose is not to do what one can; if anything good is to come out of it, one must surpass oneselfâ€™ â€“ all of the contributors to this special DVD/SACD release of Marin have surpassed every expectation and limitation!
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