P Jørgensen‘s latest effort represents a shift in sound from the Danish composer. We’ve grown to expect an ambient blend of electronics from the artist, but here we encounter organic instrumentation, resembling a small orchestra. Whether this is the sign of a new maturity or the natural outgrowth of the composer’s recent film contributions, Gold Beach is a masterful effort that makes a lasting impact.
One of those film scores was Kim, a commissioned work for a World War II documentary. Gold Beach appears influenced by that work, as it adopts the code name for a D-Day landing. The music suggests the forlorn spaces of a battlefield after the fight has ended. The listener can imagine a soldier trudging through the mud, searching for lost comrades. The rain falls slowly, overflowing broken gutters. Transport vehicles make their way through the ruts. A child sings.
Bass clarinet, double…
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