ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK (1914-1991): 12 Miniature Studies, Pentasonata, Reflections, Hommage à Chopin (arr. Roxanna Panufnik), ROXANNA PANUFNIK (b.1968): Second Home, Glo, ANDRZEJ & ROXANNA PANUFNIK: Prayer.
Catalogue Number: 07Q080
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: The three works here comprise Panufnik's entire extant output for piano. The early set of Studies (1947), revised in the following two decades, are very recognisably by Panufnik, especially the slow ones, which have the unmistakable melodic contour, wide registration and suspended stillness of the slow movements of his early symphonies and orchestral works. Based on the circle of fifths, they already display the composer's lifelong preoccupation with mirror symmetry and geometrical constructions; they alternate opposing characters, 'opposing' studies on the circle are complementary, and so on. Reflections is both a reflective work and one based on reflections and transpositions of a single chord, and 1984's Pentasonata, a compressed, dynamic work with a greater sense of the composer adopting a somewhat untypical language specifically tailored to the piano, is nonetheless based on parameters circling around the number five, in a palindromic structure. Roxanna's variations on a Polish folk song, harmonised somewhat as her father might have done, and her arrangements of three of his vocalises based on Polish folk music provide melodic contrast and point up the similarities and differences between the generations. Clare Hammond (piano).