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PANUFNIK, A. / PANUFNIK, R.: Piano Works (Reflections) (C. Hammond)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Clare Hammond



Potton Hall, Suffolk, England, UK


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Total Time - 69:35
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PANUFNIK, A. / PANUFNIK, R.: Piano Works (Reflections) (C. Hammond)

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12 Miniature Studies

1 No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor 01:00
2 No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor 02:48
3 No. 3 in B Minor 00:54
4 No. 4 in E Minor 02:08
5 No. 5 in A Minor 01:06
6 No. 6 in D Minor 02:39
7 No. 7 in G Minor 01:13
8 No. 8 in C Minor 02:30
9 No. 9 in F Minor 00:33
10 No. 10 in B-Flat Minor 02:56
11 No. 11 in E-Flat Minor 00:51
12 No. 12 in A-Flat Minor 01:06

Suita polska, "Hommage a Chopin" (excerpts) (arr. R. Panufnik for piano)

13 I. Andante 02:41
14 IV. Vivo 02:43
15 V. Andante 03:59



Modlitwa do Matki Boskiej Skepskiej (Prayer to the Mother of God at Skepe) (arr. R. Panufnik for piano)




Second Home







 Clare Hammond Soloist

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991) once wrote ‘Music gets its eternal beauty from an ideal balance of emotion and intellect.’ Although Panufnik is primarily known as a composer of symphonies and large-scale orchestral pieces, his three original works for solo piano perfectly illustrate this credo. Spread out over almost four decades, they are all highly crafted, displaying the composer’s self-professed ‘life-long fascination’ with mirror forms and symmetrical patterns. In Panufnik’s music such workman-like, not to say cerebral, concerns never become a self-indulgence, however – although ordered according to the circle of fifths and a strict scheme in terms of dynamics and articulation, each of the Twelve Miniature Studies from 1947 has its own highly individual mood and expression, and although Pentasonata from 1984 in almost every aspect – metre, tonality and overall structure – is governed by the number five, the composer fully succeeds in his stated aim: ‘to achieve a balance between heart and mind, intellect and emotion’. The young British pianist Clare Hammond is greatly involved in events for the Panufnik Centenary in 2014, and has devised the present album as her first release on BIS. For it, she has chosen to include two works that might be described as ‘posthumous collaborations’ between the composer and his daughter Roxanna Panufnik, herself an acclaimed composer. Modlitwa (‘Prayer’), originally a vocal piece, was one of Panufnik’s last compositions, which Roxanna expanded in 1999, and later has made instrumental arrangements of, the most recent one being for piano. Hommage à Chopin consists of arrangements for solo piano made in 2013 of three of the five vocalises for soprano and piano that Panufnik composed in 1949, based on folk music from the region of Mazowia, where Chopin was born. Polish folk music also appears in Roxanna Panufnik’s Second Home, which expresses her sentiments for her father’s Polish homeland. Second Home is complemented on this album by another composition by Roxanna Panufnik, the brief and atmospheric Glo.

 "... Throughout this recital Clare Hammond proves to be a vey fine advocateof this music. Her interpretations match the goal of the composer: Not only are they well thought out and intellectuallyy stimulating, but also energetic, emotionally moving, and full of a whole spectrum of colors - in a word bracing. Recorded in excellent SACD sound, particularly luminous ... this is  release hat everyone should own."

Scott Noriega - Fanfare - November/December 2014

"... his [Panufnik] piano music shows a sensitive and masterly understanding of the instrument’s tonal resources as well as a variety of playing styles and textures, deftly illustrated in the brief but compelling Studies... Clare Hammond, who was a central figure in the Panufnik centenary of 2014, performs with authority and great imagination... The BIS sound is, as usual, stunning."

Rob Haskins - American Record Guide - November/December 2014

                                  Critics’ Choice 2014

"...Claire hammond’s performance is excellent throughout ..."

Pwyll ap Siôn - Gramophone magazine - December 2014

                           Interpretation *****      Sound *****      Repertoire ******

Anja Renczikowski - Piano News magazine (Germany) - September/October 2014

 "...The BIS recording brings together some outstanding piano music by Panufnik senior, stunningly performed by Clare Hammond, and recent work by his daughter as well a couple of ’retrospective collaborations’ ... The late Pentasonata is relatively well known but a performance as vivacious and, at the same time, as attentive to detail as hammond’smakes one listen to it as though for the first time - BIS’s superb production also plays its part in this... The way hammond plays the opening repeated noes of Second Home would alone be worth the price of the disc."

Ivan Moody - Gramophone magazine - August 2014

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