Borup-Jørgensen'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-Jørgensen massive 'sea symphony' exists in its own unique world of sound - sometimes in as many as 55 separate voices - as is one of the most challenging and meticulously
detailed orchestral textures every set to paper.
Such visceral music demands visual expression and as part of this very special DVD/SACD release, Lückow Film, and an international team of animators directed by Morten Bartholdy bring Borup-Jørgensen'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-Jørgensen.
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 Denmarks Radio. While the avant-garde of the sixties exerted a strong influence on Borup-Jørgensen'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.
As Borup-Jørgensen himself once said: 'To compose is not to do what one can; if anything good is to come out of it, one must surpass oneself' – all of the contributors to this special DVD/SACD release of Marin have surpassed every expectation and limitation!
Press release in Danish:
Winner of OPUS Klassik - Der Deutsche Klassikpreis, ”Musik-DVD-/Blu-ray-Produktion des Jahres"