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Hora Bessarabia


Hora Bessarabia was created as a solo set piece for the senior category at the 2016 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition; the duet version with double bass, here recorded, was commissioned by the contest finalist Ariel Horowitz for her and bassist Sebastian Zinca to play. Yehudi Menuhin had loved Gypsy music, which sparked the idea for Panufnik to explore the Romanian and Hungarian Doina and Hora dance form. The piece follows this slow-fast pattern twice, peppered with glistening arpeggiated writing that evokes the sound of a cimbalom. Dramatic accelerations raise the temperature towards the end of each Hora. The piece has become one of Panufnik’s most popular, thanks to its championship by the violinist Tasmin Little.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2021


Panufnik (R): Heartfelt & other works
Studio Master: SIGCD673Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD673 track 11

Recording date
23 July 2020
Recording venue
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Raphaël Mouterde
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & George Collins
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  1. Panufnik (R): Heartfelt & other works (SIGCD673)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: May 2021
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