Joseph Ratzinger in the opening chapter of his book: "The Spirit of the Liturgy" discusses liturgy as "play". Panufnik's music gives the concept "play" musical form in her work. For example, in her Douai Mass, there is a very amusing deflationary; "qui....iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii" in the Gloria and there is an outrageously joyful "Hosanna" in the "sanctus" of the Westminster mass. One may question the use of bells (denoting "glory") in the Kyriale of the Westminster Mass, but the use of harps is very effective. The Polish carols may be a little naive and sentimental but they are nonetheless charming. It is interesting to compare Panufnik's approach to liturgy with MacMillan's approach. The latter's music is ecstatic whereas Panufnik music encapsulates an immanent joy. This is an excellent cd, which I warmly recommend.
Following further listenings, I am convined that Panufnik has a great gift for choral music - long may she continue writing!