- Conductor: Andrzej Panufnik
- Composer: Andrzej Panufnik
- Audio CD (2 Dec. 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Heritage
- ASIN: B00I0EWDS0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Panufnik: Symphony No. 9, Bassoon Concerto
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To mark the centenary of the birth of Andzej Panufkik (1914-1991), a composer-conducted performance of the Symphony No.9 and Bassoon Concerto, in which Panufnik collaborates with Robert Thompson for whom it was written.
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The Bassoon Concerto, commissioned by Robert Thompson, was composed as a memorial to martyrdom inspired by the persecution, at the hands of the Polish secret police, of Father Jerzy Popieluszko. The same soloist also recorded the work for Conifer in 1989 (CDCF182) and the timings are remarkably similar, as is the overall concept and interpretation (Conifer 19:31; Heritage 19:20). This is hardly surprising on the basis that Mr.Thompson worked very closely with the composer on this concerto and it is clearly close to his heart. The Heritage version is preferable on two counts. First of all, the recording is warmer and closer, thus making it more involving for the listener. Secondly, the BBC Symphony Orchestra produces a more luxuriant string tone compared to the London Musici and this is really telling in the opening bars where the double basses and cellos have tremendous bite, depth and presence.
The concerto has moments of anger, probably reflecting the emotions that Panufnik was feeling about Father Jerzy Popieluszko. It is controlled anger, though, due to the use of an orchestra comprising of flute, 2 clarinets and strings. Bassoon and orchestra seem to be holding a discussion, sometimes reflective, sometimes heated but mostly sombre. The central Aria, running around 10 minutes, gives the soloist ample opportunity to display the instrument’s singing tone. This Aria is an elegy written in the style of a Polish folk song.Read more ›