Panufnik: Homage to Polish Music

Polish Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw, Poland.

“Panufnik: Homage to Polish Music”

NAXOS International, October 2006 


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CD of the week: Panufnik, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Smolij
The Old Polish Suite and Concerto in Modo Antico are bright, though never quite carefree, while Homage a Chopin for flute and string ensemble avoids sentimentalizing the national hero and reflects more on his introspection than his insurrectionist zeal. You don't have to be Polish to feel the beauty...
N. Lebrecht, London Evening Standard, London
Andrzej Panufnik, Polish Chamber Orchestra
The music on this new disc, more than half of it recorded for the first time, is somewhat in lines with Respighi's Antient Airs and Dances or Warlock's Capriol Suite, but obviously with a flavor of its own. The composer's great ear for delectable surfaces is superbly represented here by the performances under Mariusz Smolij.
M. Dervan, The Irish Times, Dublin, Ireland
Andrzej Panufnik, Polish Chamber Orchestra
Mariusz Smolij leads the Polish Chamber Orchestra in performance of striking sensitivity and precision. My attention was drawn repeatedly to their delicacy and unusually refined phrasing.
W. Simmons, Fanfare Magazine, Tenafly, New Jersey
Andrzej Panufnik, Polish Chamber Orchestra
In the CD titled Homage to Polish Music the arrangements are all done with taste, subtlety and – most importantly – with affection. (…) This release is a must for all Panufnik admirers. Other will of course find a lot to enjoy here. Performances and recording are very fine. A lovely disc.
H. Culot, Musicweb International, www.musicweb-international.com, Loughton, Essex, U.K.