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A stuttering start on a single pitch, with several lower instruments of the orchestra straining to attack it in their high register, mounts in tension toward a descending flourish of release. This initial statement of angst perpetuates the work, along with nervous, restless, circular figures in the percussion and woodwind; stabbing chords of doubt from the brass; and bass pizzicati. A central scherzo in triple time, with the opening motif tossed around from section to section amidst a growing nightmare of thought, leads to the final haunting tuba solo with a chorus of high violins.

from notes by Duncan Ward © 2016


The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 2
Studio Master: LSO5070Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for LSO5070 track 13

Recording date
4 June 2015
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Stokes
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 2 (LSO5070)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: April 2016
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