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Roxanna Panufnik: Love Abide - New Choral Music, Diverse in Faith, Universal in Love / London Oratory School Schola

Album Summary

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Love Endureth, for vocal ensemble
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Love Abide, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Magnificat & Nunc dimittis, for chorus & organ
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Zen Love Song, for chorus & shakuhachi
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Schola Missa de Angelis, for chorus & string orchestra
>Panufnik, Roxanna : Mass of the Angels, for chorus & organ
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Love Abide encapsulates the very contemporary ethos of multicultural spiritual devotion in a world populated by a rich diversity of faiths - all of them feeling, equally deeply and aesthetically, the compelling potency of music with love. Each work on this CD focuses on a particular mood or sentiment around the theme of love, expressed in a musical language that echoes the origin of the words. Roxanna Panufnik has drawn on texts from different faiths, from the fifteenth-century Zen master Ikkyu - So - yun to the well-loved thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians; from the Christian Mass setting to the fourteenth-century Sufi poet and mystic Rumi, to the ancient Hebrew Psalm 136 (135). She's married a traditional Anglican text with a Catholic one, creating a truly ecumenical Magnificat. Within the music you will hear fragments of Spanish Sephardic chant, Christian plainsong, Sufi rhythms, and a Japanese lullaby to soothe the soul.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Glory, hallelujah! At last, I get to review a choral CD by Roxana Panufnik, one of my absolute favorite living composers. She lives and works in Great Britain, where (as elsewhere) she is revered for her beautifully crafted, deeply emotional, and ever-engaging music. Every piece on the program deals with matters of love, entirely in a sacred context. If you want to keep up with the very finest in contemporary sacred choral music or if you are on the prowl for something new and different to bring you closer to your creator, don't let this wonderful release pass you by.



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Works Details

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Love Endureth, for vocal ensemble
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Ensemble: London Oratory School Schola
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (07/07/2012-07/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Love Abide, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Lee Ward
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (07/07/2012-07/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Magnificat & Nunc dimittis, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Richard Johnson (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Ogden
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Zen Love Song, for chorus & shakuhachi
  • Performer: Kiku Day (Shakuhachi)
  • Conductor: Barnaby Smith
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (07/07/2012-07/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Schola Missa de Angelis, for chorus & string orchestra
  • Performers: Ben Smyth; Gilles Sinclair (Treble)
  • Conductor: Lee Ward
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (07/07/2012-07/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Panufnik, Roxanna : Mass of the Angels, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Tom Little (Organ); Ben Smyth
  • Conductor: Lee Ward
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (07/07/2012-07/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern