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Unending love

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Unending love sets a poem by the Indian poet and polymath Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), a seminal figure in the mystically-inclined artistic circles, among others, of the early twentieth century. The piece was a response to a commission from the National Youth Choir, requesting a Tagore setting with accompaniment by the traditional South Asian ensemble Tarang—which includes the Indian violin, percussion and sitar, as well as a Carnatic singer. Panufnik based the work’s harmonies on Indian ragas: 'I was eager to explore a multitude of kaleidoscopic Indian modes and instruments,' she says, 'and I instantly fell in love with this colourful and passionate poem. I particularly wanted to use some of the original Bengali words, including those for ‘unending love’—Jonme jonme juge juge—which provided the rhythm for the entire last verse.' NYCGB requested 'a Bollywood ending'—and Panufnik says she was delighted to oblige.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2018


Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD543Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on SIGCD543 [9'14] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD543 track 1

Recording date
20 January 2018
Recording venue
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & James Waterhouse
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  1. Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works (SIGCD543)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2018
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