I have been circling the Panufnik symphony cycle that has been coming out on CPO but not tried anything. Which symphony would you recommend as a first listen?
It's a nice picture but its not a patch on Dartmoor and that sheep in the background has got a large lump (maybe two) on its back and should be taken to the vet straight away it should.
Sorry for intruding, but I happen to somehow appreciate the Panufniks.
For the father's Symphonies, you may start probably with his most "popular", namely the no.3 "Sinfonia Sacra" or, for something more innovative and inward the no.6 "Sinfonia Mistica".
For the daughter, who is almost totally devoted to choral music, I found the Spirit of the Saints quite captivating. It exists along with other words of the also visually charming Roxanna on a CD of Regent. Another interesting and very religious work is the Padre pro prayer from a CD of Sixteen on Coro with works of MacMillan and Todd.
Good hunting (and haunting with this kind of music you explore...).
Well live and learn.. I'd never heard of Ms. Panufnik.
Pause for thought.
Hi Naupilus and Parla.
Yes I would go with Parla's rec. to listen to Sacra first. It has got great clarity. The opening movement starts with a wonderful fanfare for four trumpets and is in three sections. The 2nd is based on a Polish hymn tune. The first time I heard it I was really impressed with how clear and clean the structure is.
I also forgot to mention that Symphony 7 by Panufnik the 'Metasinfonia' for organ and strings is good stuff and also Symphony 8 the Sinfonia Votiva, which I have on vinyl coupled with Sessions' Concerto for Orchestra - really good performance that LP - Boston Symphony Orchestra. My Symphony 9 on CD I haven't yet listened to!
Symphonies 5/6 reflect the composer's fascination with geometrical and numerical factors. Again, good stuff.
Overall I really do feel that he was an important contemporary symphonist (not quite so contemporary I suppose as he died in 1992 I think).
Happy listening Naupilus!
Mark & Parla
Thanks for the pointers. I have a song by Roxanna (part of the fantastic NMC Songbook) but maybe I will look at her choral work.
I suspect Panufnik will have to take a place on the list for the future - right now my priorities are trying to get a grip of the piles of discs I acquired over Christmas.
Hi Naupilus - I'm sure you wil enjoy him when you do get around to exploring him!
Parla - you smooth talker with the ladies you! I can't keep up with you. One moment you are speaking to the singing students in the Paris or wherever conservatoires -'Votre tessiture est formidable, Ladroldedame', the next you are posting 'love in classical music' as a topic, and now you are on the charm offensive praising Ms. Panufnik.
Does your wife know about this behaviour?
Yes Partsong what a player eh?
Having not had any prior knowledge of Ms. Panufnik I googled her and realised what a great composer she is. Maybe I should listen now to some of her music?
Mark, you "can't keep up with me"? With ladies, you have to be like the translation: You should not be faithful, but you should be always nice! As for my wife, she struggles to get my nicety, since she's fed up with my meticulous fidelity.
As for Roxanna (Panufnic) , I just praised her visual charm, not her compositional skills, but that's the fascinating thing about perception.
Who knows? You may find her a "new great" composer, after all...
Parla, if you had a voice you'd be a shoo-in for the part of Benoit, the creepy landlord in Act 1 of Boheme.
The role of Benoit, Tagalie? Hm. I was told, on an other occasion, that I could fit in the role of Colline, a rather delectable role to sing. However, I don't have a Bass voice. I'm a kind of a sort of light Baritone. So, I guess I have to confine myself only to the role of Marcello, which I found almost detestable.
I sees you more as a Wozzeck
Not yet, Mr. Seedsman. Not yet! (And not soon, either).
With ladies, you have to be like the translation: You should not be faithful, but you should be always nice!
Parla, I think it is time you 'saw' someone about this. Hm? Sat down and had a 'chat' with someone, like a counsellor. That's all I'm saying.
Don't shoot the messenger!
Mark (jesting again of course Parla, in case we get a 1000 worder back!