Historic recording

du 1 février au 31 décembre 2014

Historic recording of "Symphony No.9" and "Bassoon Concerto" by Sir Andrzej Panufnik on CD

A studio recording made on 6th October 1987 for BBC Radio 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrzej Panufnik

Robert Thompson

1. Bassoon Concerto: composer’s introduction 3.12

2. Bassoon Concerto 19.20

3. Symphony No. 9 ‘Sinfonia di Speranza’:

composer’s introduction 3.45

4. Symphony No. 9 ‘Sinfonia di Speranza’ 40.37

Total playing time: 66.56

To mark the centenary of the birth of Andzej Panufnik (1914-1991), Heritage is proud to release a composer-conducted performance of his 9th Symphony and Bassoon Concerto, in which he collaborates with Robert Thompson for whom the piece was written. The performances were made for the BBC in 1987 and first broadcast in 1990. Symphony No. 9, Sinfonia di Speranza, is Panufnik’s musical interpretation of the ideal of hope: a spiritual message, an expression of faith in mankind and a longing for racial and religious tolerance. The Bassoon Concerto was composed as a memorial to martyrdom inspired by the persecution, at the hands of the Polish secret police, of Father Jerzy Popieluszko.

Lady Camilla Panufnik writes:

These recordings, conducted by my husband, from the BBC Music Archive show the mportance of that historic collection, which contains musical truths about performers as well as composers leading us far back into the BBC’s beginnings. The truths on this particular CD encompass the extraordinary warmth of timbre and expression of the outstanding US bassoonist Robert Thompson and the rich instrumental colours with precision of performance of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It also demonstrates that the composer’s unique musical personality was as strong in his conducting as it was in his spiritual and vivid compositions. The remarkable quality of sound in this recording also bears witness to the skill and musicianship of its BBC producer, Roger Wright. Introduced by a long-time Panufnik admirer, music critic Bernard Jacobson, Robert Thompson, Professor of Bassoon at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, having commissioned the Concerto, rapidly became its most impassioned advocate. The performance on this CD encapsulates the powerful and poetic interpretation he achieved each time he played this work. The subject material of course is highly emotive.

The album has been released by the Heritage Records in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute in London, to mark the centenary of the birth of Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991).