cpo's Andrzej Panufnik Symphonic Works
series has been met with great critical acclaim. The fifth volume in this series sees the young Polish conductor Lukasz Borowicz
leading the larger forces of the Berlin Concert Orchestra
in fine interpretations of the Polish-English composers' popular Symphonies 7
and 8 and Concerto Festivo
. Symphony No. 7 Metasinfonia'
for organ, timpani and strings is a kind of organ concerto and Symphony No. 8 Votiva'
is one of Panufnik's most-performed works. Sinfonia Votiva
is dedicated to the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, the symbol of independence for Polish people.
'As with the previous discs from this source, Lukasz Borowicz draws playing of manifest commitment from the Konzerthausorchester, recorded with unsparing clarity and impact...Those new to these pieces need not hesitate, and one looks forward to the remaining two discs in what has proved a consistently excellent series.' --International Record Review, January 2013
'There is not a dull moment on this album, the fifth in a series that Lukasz Borowicz is conducting for the 2014 composer's centenary. The Konzerthausorchester Berlin plays with unthrottled passion, in stunning sound.' **** --Sinfini Music, Norman Lebrecht - Album of the Week