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An album of new works by ten emerging composers. The pieces—originally commissioned as part of the LSO Panufnik Scheme—were recorded in LSO St Luke's and are now presented on disc, enabling the LSO to share and promote the composers' music world-wide. The LSO Panufnik Scheme began in 2005 and each year offers six composers the opportunity to write a 3-minute piece for the LSO. This recording showcases the works of selected composers from across the first five years of the scheme, representing the eclectic range of styles and influences of the 45 composers who have now worked with the Orchestra through this scheme.
Each year six composers are chosen from a long list of applicants; their task is to write an orchestral piece of approximately three minutes’ duration which will be workshopped by the LSO in a dedicated session. Throughout the year they have contact with the orchestra and with individual players, attending rehearsals and concerts as often as possible: a real relationship develops, which continues beyond the scheme itself, so that we feel that a ‘Panufnik family’ has been established. With the remarkably generous backing of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, the patronage of Camilla Panufnik—whose active participation has been an essential part—and the indispensable contribution of the wonderful François-Xavier Roth, the scheme has grown ever stronger as it has developed, with commissions from amongst its participants becoming a regular part of the LSO’s main season. And now a recording: sometimes dreams come true!
Colin Matthews © 2013