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Andrzej Panufnik: Harmony - Orchestral Works

Album Summary

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Tragic Overture for orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Nocturne for orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Heroic Overture for orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Katyn Epitaph, for orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : A Procession for Peace, for orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Harmony
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Notes & Reviews:

Andrzej Panufnik, born in Warsaw in 1914, soon enjoyed a successful career as a conductor and composer but then was decried by the communists as a formalist and decadent. He fled to England in 1954 and was granted political asylum there - which meant that he ceased to exist in Poland's official life. His international reputation grew and grew, and he received lucrative compositional commissions above all from the United States and increasingly felt at home in England. Leading conductors such as Stokowski, Horenstein, and Solti performed his works, but he always stood out like an erratic one-man block in the compositional landscape of the "free world" of the West because he never participated in the then current trend of serial compositional methods. "For me music is always the most profound expression of human feeling and genuine emotion. The spiritual and poetic content is therefore very essential and has a decided influence on the construction. In all my works I attempt to form a real balance between emotion and intellect – an equilibrium of heart and mind, of motivation and construction."

Sunday Times
[Katyn Epitaph] is a memorable, spare, desolate eight minutes, pre-empting the mournful minimalism of Gorecki. Tragic Overture demonstrates Panufnik's typical resourcefulness with a nuggety germinal motif.

The Guardian
They all reveal the careful craftsmanship and sharp-honed form that characterised Panufnik's work in the sequence of 10 symphonies that are promised from CPO, and the performances from the Polish Radio orchestra under Lukasz Borowicz suggest that the series will be well worth following.

BBC Music Magazine
Katyn Epitaph makes a profound impression...the Tragic Overture shows what Panufnik absorbed from his pre-war visit to Vienna and his analysis of the music of Webern...Nothing of its rigour is lost on the impressive young conductor, Lukas Borowicz, who maintains taut control of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

International Record Review
The sound lacks nothing in spaciousness or immediacy...those yet to encounter Panufnik's music could not have hoped for a more representative introduction.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw, Polish Radio W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio.



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Works Details

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Tragic Overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Nocturne for orchestra
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Running Time: 17 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Heroic Overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Katyn Epitaph, for orchestra
  • Performer: Sylwia Mierzejewska (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Panufnik, Andrzej : A Procession for Peace, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Harmony
  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Running Time: 14 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989