Andrzej & Roxanna Panufnik: Messages Brodsky Quartet
- Andrzej Panufnik (1914 - 1991), Roxanna Panufnik (1968 - ):
- Andrzej Panufnik (1914 - 1991): String Quartet No. 1:
- 2Prelude. Senza misura -03:04
- 3Transformations -12:04
- Roxanna Panufnik (1968 - ): Memories of My Father:
- 5I. O tu, Andrzej05:57
- Andrzej Panufnik (1914 - 1991): String Quartet No. 2 "Messages":
- 6Adagio misterioso - Andante cantabile -02:12
- 7Allegretto rubato - Allegro non troppo -02:30
- 8Andante tranquillo - Più andante, molto tranquillo - Allegro non troppo -03:11
- 9Vivo scherzando - Vivace con brio - Poco meno mosso -03:38
- 10Vivace con brio - Vivacissimo, quasi senza misura - Improvvisando - Allegro non troppo -03:28
- 11Allegretto rubato -00:52
- 12Andante cantabile - Adagio misterioso03:31
- Roxanna Panufnik (1968 - ): Memories of My Father:
- 13II. Greek Photostory05:47
- Andrzej Panufnik (1914 - 1991): String Quartet No. 3 "Wycinanki":
- 14Lento moderato -02:49
- 15Andantino rubato -02:08
- 16Allegretto scherzando -01:26
- 17Prestissimo possibile -01:34
- 18Adagio sostenuto03:00
- Song to the Virgin Mary:
- 19Song to the Virgin Mary11:10
Info for Andrzej & Roxanna Panufnik: Messages
2014 marks the centenary of Polish-British composer Andrzej Panufnik. Here the Brodsky Quartet joins in this year of reminiscence and celebration with Messages, a recording of works both by Andrzej and his daughter Roxanna Panufnik.
String sextets begin and end the disc. In the first, Modlitwa, both father and daughter have composed sections, Roxana Panufnik having contributed to what was originally a vocal work and subsequently made this sextet arrangement. Andrzej Panufnik’s Song to the Virgin Mary also began life in a vocal setting, for a cappella chorus, and was dedicated to his wife, Camilla.
Andrzej Panufnik’s three string quartets showcase his innovative and expressive musical language. The first contrasts dynamic conversations between individual instruments with beautiful unified quartet textures. String Quartet No. 2 - Messages is inspired by childhood memories of listening to the eerie sounds of a wooden telegraph pole in the wind. String Quartet No. 3 - Wycinanki takes its title from a traditional Polish folk art formed of intricately cut paper. Its movements, five miniature studies, each represent a uniquely shaped and coloured paper-cut from a different corner of Poland.
Separating these quartets are the two movements of Memories of My Father. Commissioned by the Brodsky Quartet especially for the centenary, it represents a highly personal reflection from Roxana Panufnik on the life and music of her father.
"...The Brodsky Quartet’s dedication to contemporary classical music is well known; their playing andthat of the two extra players in the sextets is faultless. The sound quality is similarlyexcellent For those like me just beinging their Panufnik journey, it is hard going in places, butthe quality of the writing is undeniable..." (David Barker, MusicWeb-International)
“… for those who want this music to be played dramatically and with a luxurious tone, one might say that the Brodsky Quartet picks up where the Chilingirins left off. Their tempos are very similar … and they make a fine case for Roxanna’s works as well. Robert Smissen and Richard May blend perfectly in Modlitwa and Song to the Virgin Mary. Clear, intimate engineering adds to the desirability of the Brodsky Quartet’s ‘Panufnik family affair’.” (Raymond S Tuttle, International Record Review)
Richard May, cello Brodsky Quartet
Since its formation in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3000 concerts on the major stages of the world and has released more than 60 recordings. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in a number of artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship has attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.
Throughout their 40-year career, the Brodsky Quartet has performed at many of the UK's major festivals and venues, and is regularly recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio. The Quartet also has a busy international performing schedule, and has toured extensively throughout Australasia, North and South America, South Africa, and Europe. Over the years the Brodsky Quartet has, on numerous occasions, performed complete cycles of the quartets of Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Webern and Bartok. They are perhaps best known, however, for their performances of the Shostakovich Quartets and therefore chose 2012, the year of their 40th anniversary, to revisit the repertoire and perform the cycle worldwide.
The Brodsky Quartet also has a busy recording career, and last season marked the beginning of a new and exclusive relationship with Chandos Records. The Quartet's first disc for the label, Petits Fours, was released in February 2012 and is a celebratory album of ‘Encore’ pieces, arranged exclusively by the Quartet for their 40th anniversary. In April 2012, Chandos released the Quartet's long-awaited recording of the great Debussy Quartet alongside Deux Danses arranged for harp and string quintet. This new collaboration with Chandos will help add to their already huge and diverse discography. Recent awards for recordings include the Diapason D'Or and the CHOC du Monde de la Musique for their recordings of string quartets by Britten, Beethoven and Janacek, and, for their outstanding contribution to innovation in programming, the Brodsky Quartet has received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. They have taught at many international chamber music courses and held residencies in several music institutes, including the first such post at the University of Cambridge. They are currently International Fellows of Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and have been awarded Honorary Doctorates at the University of Kent and University of Teesside.