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The word ‘spindrift’ refers to the continuous driving spray which rises above the sea during high winds. As well as responding to several other marine pieces (Debussy’s Jeux de Vagues, Britten’s Peter Grimes overture), Spindrift took inspiration from Elisabeth Bletsoe’s poem cycle ‘Notebooks Retrieved from the Sea’. Two musical strata grate against each other during the unsettled opening, the occasional interruptions by the cor anglais and French horn building gradually into longer and more confident statements. At the piece’s explosive climax the two-part counterpoint from the opening returns transformed in an overwhelming brass chorale; wave-like gestures of strings and wind struggle to break through. Echoing the changeability of the sea, however, the music quickly evaporates via delicate rising figures in the violins and alto flute.

from notes by Kim B Ashton © 2016


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

Track-specific metadata for LSO5070 track 19

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 19
    Release date: April 2016
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