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Reflections: The Solo Piano Works of Andrzej and Roxana Panufnik / Clare Hammond, piano

Album Summary

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Miniature Studies (12), for piano
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Hommage à Chopin for flute & string orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Pentasonata, for piano
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Modlitwa do Matki Boskiej Skepskiej (Prayer to the Virgin of Skempe), for chorus & piano
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Second Home, for piano
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Glo, for piano
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Reflections, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991) once wrote 'Music gets its eternal beauty from an ideal balance of emotion and intellect.' Although Panufnik is primarily known as a composer of symphonies and large-scale orchestral pieces, his three original works for solo piano perfectly illustrate this credo. Spread out over almost four decades, they are all highly crafted, demonstrating the composer's fascination with mirror forms and symmetrical patterns. In Panufnik's music such workman-like, not to say cerebral, concerns never become a self-indulgence, however - although ordered according to the circle of fifths and following a strict scheme in terms of dynamics and articulation, each of the Twelve Miniature Studies from 1947 has its own highly individual mood and expression, and although the 1984 Pentasonata in almost every aspect - metre, tonality and overall structure - is governed by the number five, the composer fully succeeds in his stated aim: 'to achieve a balance between heart and mind, intellect and emotion'. The young British pianist Clare Hammond is greatly involved in events for the Panufnik Centenary in 2014, and has devised the present disc as her first release on BIS. For it, she has chosen to include two works that might be described as 'posthumous collaborations' between the composer and his daughter Roxanna Panufnik, herself an acclaimed composer. Modlitwa ('Prayer'), originally a vocal piece, was one of Panufnik's last compositions, which Roxanna expanded in 1999, and later has made instrumental arrangements of, the most recent one being for piano. Hommage à Chopin consists of arrangements for solo piano made in 2013 of three of the five vocalises for soprano and piano that Panufnik composed in 1949, based on folk music from the region of Mazowia, where Chopin was born. Polish folk music also appears in Roxanna Panufnik's Second Home, which expresses her sentiments for her father's Polish homeland. Second Home is complemented on this disc by another composition by Roxanna Panufnik, the brief and atmospheric Glo.

BBC Music Magazine, Auuust 2014
Most last less than a minute, yet they are strongly contrasted and prove arresting in Clare Hammond's commandingly virtuosic performance.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Clare Hammond, who was a central figure in the Panufnik centenary of 2014, performs with authority and great imagination. She includes two works by Roxanna, Second Home (2003, rec. 2006) and Glo (2002): the former, her first work for piano, is a series of arresting variations on a Polish folk song; it is by turns lyrical and richly chordal. Glo is a short work written in memory of a friend who died of cancer. The BIS sound is, as usual, stunning.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/2013).



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Works Details

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Miniature Studies (12), for piano
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Hommage à Chopin for flute & string orchestra
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1949

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Pentasonata, for piano
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Modlitwa do Matki Boskiej Skepskiej (Prayer to the Virgin of Skempe), for chorus & piano
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Roxanna Panufnik (Composer) (1968 - ).
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Second Home, for piano
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Glo, for piano
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Reflections, for piano
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968