R PANUFNIK Love Abide

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Roxanna Panufnik

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Signum

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: SIGCD564

SIGCD564. R PANUFNIK Love Abide

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Love Abide Love Abide Children’s Choir
Lee Ward
Roxanna Panufnik Composer
London Mozart Players
Colla Voce Singers
Heather Shipp
Mark Stone
Schola Missa de Angelis London Mozart Players
Ben Fleetwood Smyth
Lee Ward
Love Abide Children’s Choir
Tom Ward
Gilles Sinclair
Roxanna Panufnik Composer
Magnificat & Nunc dimittis Roxanna Panufnik Composer
Richard Johnson
Exultate Singers
David Ogden
Mass of the Angels Roxanna Panufnik Composer
Ben Fleetwood Smyth
London Mozart Players
Tom Ward
Love Abide Children’s Choir
Lee Ward
Gilles Sinclair
Zen Love Song Roxanna Panufnik Composer
Loli Day
Barnaby Smith
Voces8
Love Endureth Roxanna Panufnik Composer
Barnaby Smith
Voces8
If I had to choose a ‘glass-half-full’ contemporary composer, then Roxanna Panufnik would be near the top of my list. Her music exudes openness and inclusivity, and it is in the choral settings where hope and positivity – two words that lie at the heart of her work – are most keenly felt.

This hope is communicated, prism-like, through the rich range of styles and musical references heard in Panufnik’s vocal music, upon which she draws with almost carefree abandon. In Love Endureth, snippets of Spanish Sephardic chants combine with Hebrew psalm tunes to form a striking synthesis in a powerful and assertive performance by Voces8 under Barnaby Smith. Sufi rhythms fuse with Turkish modes in ‘Love is the Master’ (from Love Abide) to generate a mantra-like atmosphere, while the evocative, earthy tones of the shakuhachi flute combine with resonant voices in Zen Love Song.

Sombre moments do appear in Panufnik’s music from time to time and she does not always cast her stylistic net so wide. A more cautionary tone is communicated at the beginning of ‘Love Abide’, which features mezzo-soprano Heather Shipp’s resonant vibrato, although the ending remains optimistic; while the two Mass settings that round off this disc draw on the rich, reverberant hues of the English choral tradition. The London Mozart Players provide adequate support without ever drawing attention to themselves.

Panufnik has produced several important choral works since Love Abide’s original release on Warner Classics in 2013, including last year’s Proms commission Songs of Darkness, Dreams of Light and the large-scale oratorio Faithful Journey – a Mass for Poland for the CBSO. However, much of her recent work can be seen to be built on the solid foundations laid down on this impressively varied and diverse collection. A music of hope in dark and troubled times.

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