ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK (1914-1991): Symphonic Works, Vol. 1 - Tragic Overture, Nocturne, Heroic Overture, Katyn Epitaph, A Procession for Peace, Harmony.
Catalogue Number: 05L011
Reference: 777 497
Description: The first of six volumes offers six shorter works chronologically, from the angry and violent Tragic Overture of 1942/55 to the calm and lyrical Harmony of 1989. It's easier to pick up the composer's characteristic use of three- or four-note motifs as the cells from which the entire work procedes when the work itself is short and there is no lack of event. Wide dynamic ranges are picked up by a fabulous recording (a very calm borzoi jumped at the fortissimo start to Katyn Epitaph); a good way to make Panufnik's acquaintance if you've shied away so far. Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lukasz Borowicz.