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Cantator and Amanda


Cantator and Amanda was commissioned for the Rye Arts Festival 2011. It is a musical love story, based on the 14th-century Rye legend of a monk, named Cantator for his 'divine singing voice', who fell in love with a local girl, Amanda. They attempted to elope, but were caught; in punishment for breaking his vow of chastity, Cantator was bricked up alive in the Friary walls. 'Some believe that Amanda died with him as, over four centuries later, excavation work nearby revealed two entwined skeletons', says Panufnik, 'but I have chosen to portray her death, after Cantator’s execution, of a broken heart.' The bassoon takes the role of the flirtatious Amanda, her theme based on a mix of 14th-century madrigals. Cantator’s calmer music is a plainsong extract from the 'Use of Salisbury', a collection of chant used widely in the area. The quintet follows them through meeting and falling in love, capture and execution, and finally Amanda’s lament.

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 12

Recording date
7 March 2020
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, 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 12
    Release date: May 2021
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