ROXANNA PANUFNIK (b.1968): Douai Missa Brevis for Chorus, Spring for Chorus and Organ, Prayer for Chorus, The Christmas Life for Chorus and Organ, Angels Sing! for Chorus and Organ (Jeremy Filsell [organ], Joyful Company of Singers; Peter Broadbent), Westminster Mass for Chorus and Orchestra (Westminster Cathedral Choir, City of London Sinfonia; Andrew Watkinson).
Catalogue Number: 07P081
Reference: 25646 51860
Description: A very satisfying collection of Panufnik's characteristically radiant, uplifting choral works, including a reissue of the renowned Westminster Mass in its highly regarded 1998 Teldec recording. Panufnik's idiom is tonal, with passing dissonances creating tension and lending the music a thrilling luminosity, but reliably achieving a satisfying harmonic resolution, though often not in predictable ways, thus lending the music a lively sense of anticipation and forward motion. The chromatic diversions from the sweet melodies of the Polish carol arrangements lend them a sense of excited, gleeful celebration, while the sumptuous textures of 'Spring' - exquisitely handled, like all the composer's use of choral forces - paint the text in rich, saturated colours. The two masses combine devotional sincerity with rich emotional content, rendering these expressions of faith a deeply personal and involving experience for the listener. No texts.