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Celestial bird

First line:
O Sweet and luminous Bird
author of text

Celestial bird sets a mystical poem by Jessica Powers (1905-1988), who became a Carmelite nun in Wisconsin, but had Scottish and Irish ancestry; Panufnik says she discovered this fact only after imagining the music with Celtic influences. 'I have heard her described as an ‘artist, painting words’—which fits my overt style of word-painting in music,' Panufnik writes. The piece was composed originally for VOCES8 in thanks for their participation in another recording, and dates from 2013.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2018


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


Track 2 on SIGCD543 [5'42] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD543 track 2

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
Hyperion usage
  1. Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works (SIGCD543)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 2018
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