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A Darmstadt graduate who resisted serialism, Axel Borup-Jørgensen (1924-2012) was nonetheless an avowed modernist. His slender output for organ is characterised by a compressed intensity in which silence plays a crucial part, now framing, now punctuating phrases shaped by fluid rhythms and watercolour- delicate harmonies. Timbral diversity is there, too, as evidenced by this compendium of organ-accompanied pieces. Performances from all concerned are finely shaped and etched by appropriately tenebrous shading and surprising shards of light. Jens E. Christensen makes much of the venerable baroque Botzen in Copenhagen’s Our Saviour’s Church and proves a generous and reciprocal partner to the likes of harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, percussionist Mathias Reumert and fellow organist Lars Sømod.

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