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Panufnik: Sinfonia Sacra, Arbor Cosmica / Andrzej Panufnik

Release Date: 05/28/1992 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79228   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Andrzej Panufnik
Conductor:  Andrzej Panufnik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Chamber Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The output of Andrzej Panufnik may be somewhat uneven, but his Sinfonia Sacra is one of the most powerful, deeply moving, and original works of the twentieth century. I have held this conviction for some twenty years, but it is confirmed beyond a doubt now by this new recording featuring the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

-- Walter Simmons, FANFARE [Want List, 1990]

Arbor Cosmica is one of Panufnik's most highly praised recent works. Composed in 1983 for twelve string instruments, it consists of twelve sections, or “Evocations,“ and lasts more than a half hour. The entire work is derived from a single three-note chord, according to an elaborate construct developed analogically to the structure of
Read more a tree. Arbor Cosmica is a major work, in many ways a summation of Panufnik's evolution since the late 1960s. Its harmonic language is much broader and more varied than that found in the works of the 1950s and early 60s, yet traces of vintage Panufnik appear frequently. Each “Evocation“ exhibits a particular pattern of gestures, or motion-states, that remains static in character throughout, despite pitch lines that ascend and descend. Thus, the effect is of a succession of these static motion-states, without any sense of dramatic progression from one to the next. The work maintains interest primarily through its richly varied and imaginative string writing. The performance, featuring the New York Chamber Symphony under the composer's direction, is superb.

-- Walter Simmons, FANFARE [11/1990] Read less

Works on This Recording

Sinfonia Sacra by Andrzej Panufnik
Conductor:  Andrzej Panufnik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Chamber Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Length: 20 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Arbor Cosmica by Andrzej Panufnik
Conductor:  Andrzej Panufnik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Chamber Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1988 
Venue:  Merkin Concert Hall, NYC 
Length: 38 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia Sacra: 3 Visions
Sinfonia Sacra: Hymn
Arbor Cosmica: I. Andante moderato
Arbor Cosmica: II. Allegretto
Arbor Cosmica: III. Andante con moto
Arbor Cosmica: IV. Prestissimo possibile
Arbor Cosmica: V. Moderato
Arbor Cosmica: VI. Lento-moderato-vivacissimo
Arbor Cosmica: VII. Larghetto
Arbor Cosmica: VIII. Molto allegro
Arbor Cosmica: IX. Andantino
Arbor Cosmica: X. Molto vivace
Arbor Cosmica: XI. Adagietto
Arbor Cosmica: XII. Presto

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