Piano Music by Borup-Jorgensen is a new release from Our Recordings. It features pianist Erik Kaltoft who reveals a genuine empathy for the piano works of Axel Borup-Jørgensen. Kaltoft is the ideal interpreter for this demanding repertoire. Boasting an impressive resume as a contemporary music specialist, with the first performances of more than 200 works by such composers as Per Nørgård, Gunnar Berg and Bent Lorentzen to his credit, Kaltoft was also the composer’s friend and frequent collaborator for almost 45 years.
Axel Borup-Jørgensen lived a quiet life as a composer, piano teacher, and avid concertgoer. Never attached to an academic post or, active as a performing musician, he thrived as a beloved outsider, continuing to develop his intensely personal style until his death on October 15, 2012. A meticulous modernist, who worked towards an ever-increasing clarity, his music is characterized by its concentrated language and fine graduation of expression.
Despite being a competent pianist, Borup-Jørgensen’s output for the instrument was surprisingly small, but he wrote for the instrument throughout entire career. The works on this program represent an overview of his works for solo piano, spanning fifty years, from the early Passacaglia for piano Op. 2b (1948) to the crystalline raindrop interludes Op. 144 (1994). Borup-Jørgensen’s writing for the piano is remarkably consistent, favoring exquisitely crafted phrases over virtuoso displays, but this music is by no means simple; these incredibly detailed scores require the utmost concentration from the player!
Erik Kaltoft – Piano & Celesta
Total time: 01:04:37
|Digital Audio Workstation||
Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation from Merging Technologies with Tango Controller
Monitored on B&W 802 Diamond Series Loudspeakers
3x DPA 4006TL for front channels (Left, Center, Right) plus 2x DPA4011TL (Surround Channels)
|Original Recording Format|
Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music on November 13 and 14, 2015 and February 4, 2016
|Release Date||May 6, 2021|
The Classical Reviewer
Our Recordings have done much to bring the music of Axel Borup-Jørgensen to the attention of listeners with several recordings already in the catalog. OUR Recordings latest release features a selection of his piano music from across his compositional life played by Erik Kaltoft who not only knew Borup-Jørgensen but benefited from his advice concerning performances of the composer’s music.
Axel Borup-Jørgensen’s piano music is shot through with a natural melodic base that underlies whatever he writes. Erik Kaltoft handles all Borup-Jørgensen’s sudden twists and turns expertly, revealing a genuine empathy for this music.
The piano sound is perfectly caught in the Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music. There are excellent notes and, as usual with OUR Recordings, a nicely produced booklet with color illustrations.
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