Recorder Music by Axel Borup-Jørgensen – Michala Petri & Elisabet Selin – Press Release on behalf of OUR Recordings
Recorder Music by Axel Borup-Jørgensen
Complete Sonatas for Recorder and Basso Continuo
Michala Petri & Elisabet Selin (Recorders)
Ingrid Myrhøj (Harpsichord) Gert Mortensen (percussion)
Catalogue Number: 8.226910 • UPC 0636943691021 • UK Distribution via Select
Price Point: Single Digipak CD/Mid Price Release Date January 6th 2014
Periphrasis op. 156; Nachtstück Op. 118; Architraves Op. 83; Zwiegerspräch Op.131; Birds Concert Op. 91; fantasia Op. 75; Pergolato op. 183; Notenbüchlein Op. 82
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For many listeners, the name of Axel Borup-Jørgensen may come as a new discovery, and yet during his long and productive creative life (with more than 180 opus number in his catalogue), he was a seminal figure in contemporary Danish musical life and the recipient of a number of the country’s most distinguished awards, including the Carl Nielsen Prize and the Wilhelm Hansen Prize.
Borup-Jørgensen considered himself a self-taught composer; while being thoroughly “modern” in outlook; his music is organic, expressionist, aphoristic – even “painterly,” always embracing the sheer sensual beauty of the musical tone. Perhaps more than anything else, it was this “organic” quality that attracted Borup-Jørgensen to the recorder, and to Michala Petri.
This recording presents Borup-Jørgensen’s complete works for recorder; a chronicle of a 30 year relationship that began when his daughter, Elisabet Selin became Michala Petri’s first and only private student. Over the years, Michala and Elisabet performed on a number of critically acclaimed recordings but none as special as this; as the artists for whom these works were originally composed, their interpretations are both personal and authoritative. Beginning with the Fantasia for sopranino recorder and harpsichord op. 75 from 1975 and concluding with Pergolato op. 183, composed the year before the composer’s passing, each work carefully explores the potential of the recorder as a melody instrument and as a source of new forms of acoustic expression.
Since her debut as a child prodigy at the Tivoli Concert Hall in 1969, Michala Petri has established herself as one the world’s leading exponents of the recorder. She has toured the globe, appearing as a soloist with major chamber and symphony orchestras, and with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Sir James Galway, Joshua Bell, Maurice André, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Claudio Abbado, and jazz icon Keith Jarrett. In 1992 she formed a duo with Danish guitarist and lute player Lars Hannibal, with whom she performs worldwide.
Petri has demonstrated her astonishing virtuosity across a broad repertoire, from Baroque and Early Music to challenging contemporary pieces. Through the years more than hundred works have been composed especially for her.
Among her many prize-winning recordings are the Vivaldi Recorder Concertos, with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi, which won the Deutscher Schallplatten-preis, so did Kreisler Inspirations, with Lars Hannibal. The Bach Sonatas and Händel Sonatas, with Keith Jarrett, and the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Street Concerto: Michala Petri plays Thomas Koppel, which topped the Best Classical Album category at the 2006 Danish Music Awards.
In 2006 Petri and Hannibal established their own record label, OUR Recordings. Nineteen CDs have been released under this label, including the Grammy®-nominated Movements and the pioneering Dialogue – East meets West series, including the Grammy®-nominated Chinese Recorder Concertos, and English Recorder Concertos, the latest addition to Petri’s contemporary concerto project.
Most recently, the album The Nightingale, an innovative program showcasing 4 new pieces written especially for Michala with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble conducted by Stephen Layton, received the 2012 German Echo Klassik Award, as well as two Grammy® nominations.
This CD will be fully serviced to press and advertising will include the main classical music magazines. Further advertising is planned in due course. For a review copy and any further information, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting.