ZYGMUNT MYCIELSKI (1907-1987): Piano Trio, ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK (1914-1991): Piano Trio, Op. 1, ZBIGNIEW BARGIELSKI (b.1937): Landschaft der Erinnerungen, HANNA KULENTY (b.1961): A Cradle Song, ROXANNA PANUFNIK (b.1968): Around Three Corners.
Catalogue Number: 10P057
Label: CD Accord
Reference: ACD 191-2
Description: Panufnik's trio is his official Op.1 from 1934, reconstructed after WWII. Predating his brief but influential experimental phase and his highly recognisable mature style, the conventionally stuctured three-movement work is a deeply expressive neo-romantic piece with an abundance of deeply felt melody and a lively, driven finale. Mycielski's work, from the same year, is a good deal freer in form and more harmonically ambiguous and chromatic, though remaining thoroughly tonal in vocabulary and late-romantic in expression. The influence of Szymanowski, whose music fascinated Mycielski, is very evident. Bargielski's 'Landscape of Memories' was written shortly after Lutoslawski's death, in his memory. A single span of just under 20 minutes, the work is based on small motifs which emerge and subside in six successive sections, with a gravitational tonal center established through repetition, but little sense of conventional tonality otherwise. The piece begins very slowly and mysteriously, accumulating textural complexity and momentum as it progresses. Kulenty's Cradle Song is more of a lament for a lost child, building an ominous sense of mounting desperation over an obsessive pulse, an initial grieving portamento-laden 'cello motif providing the work's basic material. Roxanna Panufnik's trio is an early piece in her output, with a symmetrical form that suggests the influence of her father's music, as does the theme when it emerges at the work's mid-point. The piece is tonal, though inventively so, with a pleasing fluidity and expressiveness; a little pitch-bending and mildly prepared-piano timbres in one variation in no way hinders its complete approachability. BMF Piano Trio.