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Panufnik - Homage to Polish Music / Smolij, Polish CO, et al

> Suita staropolska (Old Polish Suite) - I. Dance 1, "Cenar": Allegro giusto
> Suita staropolska (Old Polish Suite) - II. Interlude: Lento espressivo
> Suita staropolska (Old Polish Suite) - III. Dance 2, "Wyrwany": Allegretto leggero
> Suita staropolska (Old Polish Suite) - IV. Chorale: Andante tranquillo
> Suita staropolska (Old Polish Suite) - V. Dance 3, "Hayduk": Allegro deciso
> Concerto in modo antico - Concerto in modo antico
> Jagiellonian Triptych - I. Preambulum: Vivace
> Jagiellonian Triptych - II. Cantio: Adagietto
> Jagiellonian Triptych - III. Chorea polonica: Allegro non troppo
> Divertimento (after F. Janiewicz' string trios) - I. Allegro moderato
> Divertimento (after F. Janiewicz' string trios) - II. Andante
> Divertimento (after F. Janiewicz' string trios) - III. Allegro
> Suita polska, "Hommage a Chopin" (arr. for flute and orchestra) - I. Andante
> Suita polska, "Hommage a Chopin" (arr. for flute and orchestra) - II. Allegretto
> Suita polska, "Hommage a Chopin" (arr. for flute and orchestra) - III. Andantino
> Suita polska, "Hommage a Chopin" (arr. for flute and orchestra) - IV. Vivo
> Suita polska, "Hommage a Chopin" (arr. for flute and orchestra) - V. Andante

Album Summary

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Old Polish Suite, for string orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Concerto in modo antico for Trumpet, Timpani, Harp, Harpsichord and Strings
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Jagiellonian Triptych, for string orchestra
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Divertimento, for orchestra (after Janiewicz)
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Hommage a Chopin for flute & string orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Andrzej Panufnik's music seems not to be garnering much continued attention in the decade and a half since his death in 1991. He was a very accomplished composer, and much of what he wrote is well worth a listen, even the tough stuff. There is certainly no tough stuff here! All of these works are based on the music of centuries past (including folk music) and they are extremely enjoyable as well as immaculately crafted. The Old Polish Suite and Jagiellonian Triptych bring to mind such pieces as Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances (and sounds quite similar in places), while the Concerto in Modo Antico takes the Baroque concerto grosso concept and applies it to a very modern ensemble of trumpet, two harps, harpsichord, and strings.

The Divertmento pays homage to the music of the 18th century (Stravinsky's Pulcinella comes to mind this time), while the Hommage à Chopin, for flute and strings, calls on folk music from the region of Chopin's birth: a happy inspiration and quite different from yet another orchestration of some of the more famous piano pieces.

The performances here are uniformly fine, with Mariusz Smolij getting lively and affectionate playing from the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and Igor Cechoco proving a sensitive trumpet soloist in the concerto. Naxos' sonics flatter the largely string-based sonority of these works. Even if you've never heard of Panufnik and generally shy away from the 20th-century avant-garde, do not shy away from this really attractive and lovable disc." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Old Polish Suite, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Ensemble: Polish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (06/08/2005/06/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Concerto in modo antico for Trumpet, Timpani, Harp, Harpsichord and Strings
  • Performer: Igor Cecocho (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Ensemble: Polish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (06/08/2005/06/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Jagiellonian Triptych, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Ensemble: Polish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (06/08/2005/06/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Divertimento, for orchestra (after Janiewicz)
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Ensemble: Polish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (06/08/2005/06/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Hommage à Chopin for flute & string orchestra
  • Performer: Hanna Turonek (Flute)
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Ensemble: Polish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (06/08/2005/06/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1949