Borup-Jorgensen: Organ Music / Christensen

Release Date: 1/13/2017
Catalog Number: 6220617
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The smallest fluctuations and nuances in Axel Borup-Jørgensen’s music can have the impact of an earthquake. It is a music born out of stillness. It is a quiet modernism, where the silences speak just as insistently as the few, but decisive, outbursts.The present recording provides an overview of Borup-Jørgensen’s small but highly distinctive oeuvre for organ. Borup- Jørgensen’s unique – and surprisingly numerous works for the “King of Instruments” set him apart from many of his contemporaries. In addition to writing highly individual solo works, six of the pieces recorded here call for additional musicians from Strophen (1962), an expressionistic setting of a text by Rainer Maria Rilke for voice and organ, to Portal for percussion and organ Opus 181 (2009), a work composed for concert in honor of his 85th birthday. Joining organist Jens E. Christensen on this sonic journey is percussionist Mathias Reumert, mezzo-soprano Pia Rose Hansen, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, bass-baritone Jakob Bloch Jespersen, and Lars Sømod, second organist on organo per due Opus 133.1 (1989). Christensen plays the historic organ at Vor Frelsers Church, Copenhagen, a glorious Baroque instrument built by the Botzen Brothers 1698-1700. Even silent, the instrument is an imposing structure, with over 4000 pipes, housed in an ornately decorated case sculpted by Christian Nerger, featuring a bust of King Christian V at the center.
Works on This Recording
1. Portal, Op. 181 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ), Mathias Reumert (Percussion)
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2009 ; Denmark
2. For Orgel IV, Op. 106 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1983-1984 ; Denmark
3. Strophen, Op. 39 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ), Pia Hansen (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961 ; Denmark
4. Calligraphies, Op. 116 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ; Denmark
5. For Harpsichord and Organ, Op. 133.2 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Denmark
6. Organo per due, Op. 133.1 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ), Lars Somod (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Denmark
7. Trilogy, Op. 154.4 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ), Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1996 ; Denmark
8. For Orgel XI, Op. 141 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Jens E. Christensen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1994 ; Denmark
9. Winter Music, Op. 113 no 2 by Axel Borup-Jorgensen
Performer: Mathias Reumert (Percussion), Jens E. Christensen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986-1987 ; Denmark
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