ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK (1914-1991): Symphonic Works, Vol. 2 - Sinfonia Rustica, Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Harp and Strings, Polonia, Lullaby.
Catalogue Number: 09M009
Reference: 777 496
Description: The next volume in this series brings us a rather tonal and attractive first symphony from 1948, using fragments of Polish folk themes as a basis for its direct manner of communication, which was, nevertheless, attacked by the Stalinists in Polish officaldom as "alien to the great socialist era" and banned; this recording includes the first recording of its original, longer third movement. Polonia (1959) was inspired by Elgar's dramatic and somber work of the same name, Panufnik deciding to base his on faster and more celebratory Polish folk elements although filtering them through a more modern stylistic language. The Sinfonia concertante of 1973 is based entirely on two triads which the composer works out ingeniously contrapuntally and harmonically. The seven-minute Lullaby (1947, rev.1955) is an otherworldly piece in which a soft melody is filtered through delivate harmonic textures, as if receiving a signal from the depths of space. Anna Sikorzak-Olek (harp), Lukasz Dlugosz (flute), Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lukasz Borowicz.