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MARIN: Axel Borup-Jorgensen (1924 - 2012)

By Arhus Sinfonietta

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By Arhus Sinfonietta, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Elisabet Selin, Erik Kaltoft, Gert Mortensen, Jens E. Christensen, Mahan Esfahani, Michala Petri, Percurama Percussion Ensemble, Soren Kinch Hansen, Thomas Sondergard, and Tim Frederiksen. By Axel Borup-Jorgensen (1924-). Classical. Hybrid SACD. Naxos #2110426. Published by Naxos (NX.2110426).

Item Number: NX.2110426

The Danish composer Axel Borup-Jorgensen (1924-2012) was one of the 20th century's great Scandinavian "silent individualists." Born in Denmark and raised in Sweden, he was largely self-taught as a composer, emerging on the international spotlight in 1965 when his Nordic Summer Pastoral won first prize in the competition for a short orchestral work held by Danmarks Radio. While the avant-garde of the sixties exerted a strong influence on Borup-Jorgensen'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-Jorgensen'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-Jorgensen massive 'sea symphony' exists in its own unique world of sound - sometimes in as many as 55 separate voices - and is one of the most challenging and meticulously detailed orchestral textures ever set to paper. Such visceral music demands visual expression and as part of this very special DVD/SACD release, Luckow Film, and an international team of animators directed by Morten Bartholdy bring Borup-Jorgensen's musical world to life. Also included is the new film 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-Jorgensen.

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