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Panufnik - Homage To Polish Music / Smolij, Polish Co, Et Al


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Andrzej Panufnik
Performer:  Hanna TuronekIgor Cecocho
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial 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.
Read more /> 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.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Hommage à Chopin by Andrzej Panufnik
Performer:  Hanna Turonek (Flute)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2005 
Venue:  Lutoslawski Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw 
Length: 13 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2. Suita staropolska [Old Polish Suite] by Andrzej Panufnik
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1955; England 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2005 
Venue:  Lutoslawski Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3. Concerto in modo antico for Trumpet, Timpani, Harp, Harpsichord and Strings by Andrzej Panufnik
Performer:  Igor Cecocho (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1955; England 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2005 
Venue:  Lutoslawski Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw 
Length: 14 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4. Jagiellonian Triptych by Andrzej Panufnik
Performer:  Hanna Turonek (Flute)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2005 
Venue:  Lutoslawski Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5. Divertimento [after Janiewicz] by Andrzej Panufnik
Performer:  Hanna Turonek (Flute)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947/1955; England 
Date of Recording: 06/08/2005 
Venue:  Lutoslawski Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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
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

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