Donald Macleod focuses on the difficult war years and the beginning of Panufnik's career. Including Piano Trio (3rd mvt); Tragic Overture; Divertimento after Janiewicz (3rd mvt).
Warsaw-born composer Andrzej Panufnik was just starting to make a name for himself as a composer when war broke out. During the Nazi occupation of the city, Panufnik wrote very little music other than resistance songs and a heartfelt overture full of the sounds of war. Afterwards, he slowly began to find work and his reputation as a composer and conductor grew. The Soviet-controlled government of the post-war years recognised his worth as a propaganda tool and he was frequently sent abroad as Poland's leading conductor and musical ambassador. Donald Macleod celebrates the life and music of Panufnik on the centenary of his birth and introduces music from the early years of his career including his wartime overture, a symphony at first celebrated and a year later condemned by the post-war communist government as bourgeois, and a lullaby which, like the symphony, was inspired by Polish traditional music.
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