The Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jorgensen

Gert Mortensen

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Axel Borup-Jørgensen (1924-2012) 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). Producer, the Danish “wizzard of sound” Preben Iwan.

Tracklist

1.
Solo, Op. 88
13:38
2.
Music for Percussion and Viola, Op. 18
12:29
3.
La Primavera, Op. 97
20:40
4.
Periphrasis, Op. 156
11:17
5.
Winter Music, Op. 113:1
14:09

Total time: 01:12:13

Additional information

Label

SKU

6220608

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Digital Converters

DAD AX32 converters/preamps

Editing & Mix

Preben Iwan

Editing Software

Pyramix DAW system with Tango Controller

Mastering Engineer

Preben Iwan, Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield for the DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256 at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab

Microphones

Microphone main array: 5x DPA 4006TL & 2x 4011TL microphones for surround

Notes

We are pleased to announce the availability of OUR Recordings releases in DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256, as well as the original DXD recorded release.  These higher resolution DSD bitrates were produced from the original DXD recording using a Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield.

The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider audio frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise.This results in allowing the listener’s DAC to use gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music.

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Preben Iwan, Executive producer: Lars Hannibal

Recording location

Concert Hall of The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Speakers

B&W 802 Diamond speakers

Release Date June 7, 2018

Press reviews

Gramophone

“Recorded with startling clarity and informatively annotated, this release is another triumph for Gert Mortensen and the formidable roster of musicians with whom he has collaborated on this project, so resulting is memorable listening experience”.

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