The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jorgensen | OUR Recordings 6220608

The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jorgensen

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Label: OUR Recordings

Cat No: 6220608

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st September 2014

Contents

Artists

Gert Mortensen (percussion)
Michala Petri (recorder)
Tim Frederiksen (viola)
Duo Crossfire
Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Danish National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

Conductor

Gert Mortensen

Works

Borup-Jorgensen, Axel

La primavera, op.97
Music for percussion + viola, op.18
Periphrasis, op.156
Solo, op.88
Winter Music, op.113.1

Artists

Gert Mortensen (percussion)
Michala Petri (recorder)
Tim Frederiksen (viola)
Duo Crossfire
Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Danish National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

Conductor

Gert Mortensen

About

Axel Borup-Jørgensen was a meticulous modernist who followed his own distinctive path. His works exude intense nature mysticism, at one moment tracing the skeletal outlines of barren trees, and blinding sunbursts, or a storm at sea in the next.

The five works presented here - including three world premiere recordings - span the most important period of the composer’s artistic development, from Music for percussion + viola Opus 18 of 1956 to his cathartic Periphrasis Opus 156, (first version, 1977) and all feature the full array of percussion instruments found in 20th century music: skin, metal and wood, everything from small bells to a gong one metre in diameter are employed, to bring Borup-Jørgensen’s exquisitely crafted universe of sounds to life.

Standing at the center of this universe is Gert Mortensen, percussion professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, one of the world’s leading scholars and performers of music for percussion. Mortensen has performed throughout Europe, Africa, North and South America and Asia, combining elements of avant garde performance art and ethno-musicology to create a compelling concert experience.

Mortensen’s artistry is perfectly matched by ensemble partners representing some of Denmark’s greatest musicians, including the incomparable Michala Petri (recorder), Tim Frederiksen (viola), the Percurama Percussion Ensemble, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and his regular duo partner, Prof Qiao Jia Jia (Duo Crossfire).

Contents:
1. Solo, op.88
Gert Mortensen
World Premiere Recording

2. Music for percussion + viola, op.18
Tim Frederiksen, Percurama / Gert Mortensen)

3. La Primavera, op.97
Duo Crossfire
World Premiere Recording

4. Periphrasis, op.156
Gert Mortensen, Michala Petri

5. Winter Music, op.113.1
Gert Mortensen, Danish National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
World Premiere Recording

Total time: 72.44


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