Shostakovich & Panufnik Piano Music

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Catalogue No: DDA 25018
EAN/UPC: 809730501821
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Release Date: March 2002
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 77:29
Sample: Panufnik: Miniature Study no.9

This is a very important release for lovers of 20th century music, featuring the world première recording of the entire solo piano music of Sir Andrzej Panufnik (born in Poland but naturalised a British citizen), and some lesser-known miniature masterpieces by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Pianist Raymond Clarke is one of Britain’s leading exponents of modern music. His seven recordings for Divine Art, Diversions and Athene have all been highly acclaimed.

With thanks to the Music Department, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Track Listing

    Dmitri Shostakovich:

  1. I. Preludes, op. 2 − No. 5 in A minor (1:04)
  2. II. Preludes, op. 2 − No. 2 in G major (1:53)
  3. III. Preludes, op. 2 − No. 3 in E minr (0:59)
  4. IV. Preludes, op. 2 − No. 7 in D flat major (1:20)
  5. V. Preludes, op. 2 − No. 6 in F minor (1:42)
  6. I. Three Fantastic Dances, op. 5 − No. 1 in C major (1:27)
  7. II. Three Fantastic Dances, op. 5 − No. 2 inG major (1:57)
  8. III. Three Fantastic Dances, op. 5 − No. 3 in C major (1:01)
  9. I. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 1. Recitative (0:50)
  10. II. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 2. Serenade (1:05)
  11. III. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 3. Nocturne (1:39)
  12. IV. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 4. Elegy (1:00)
  13. V. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 5. Funeral March (1:06)
  14. VI. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 6. Study (0:44)
  15. VII. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 7. Dance of Death (1:00)
  16. VIII. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 8. Canon (1:02)
  17. IX. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 9. Legend (1:54)
  18. X. Ten Aphorisms, op. 13 − 10. Lullaby (2:38)
  19. Andrjez Panufnik:

  20. I. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 1 in C sharp minor (1:01)
  21. II. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 2 in F sharp minor (3:22)
  22. III. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 3 in B minor (0:55)
  23. IV. Twelve Miniature Studies − no. 4 in E minor (2:18)
  24. V. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 5 in A minor (1:22)
  25. VI. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 6 in D minor (3:45)
  26. VII. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 7 in G minor (1:34)
  27. VIII. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 8 in C minor (2:47)
  28. IX. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 9 in F minor (0:41)
  29. X. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 10 in B flat minor (4:05)
  30. XI. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 11 in E flat minor (0:54)
  31. XII. Twelve Miniature Studies − No. 12 in A flat minor (1:11)
  32. Reflections (13:09)
  33. Pentasonata (15:05)

Reviews

MusicWeb

This release is another magnificent offering from this fine performer.

” —Hubert Culot
BBC Music Magazine

Pianist Raymond Clarke has long been associated with both of these composers, and ….. is particularly good at creating a sense of atmosphere in the delicate passages of these works. The Pentasonata is an impressive achievement.

” —Erik Levi
Gramophone

Committed and perceptive playing from Clarke, who for more than a decade now has been among the most stimulating and wide-ranging pianists of his generation, and a recorded balance which does justice to the crisp, clear outlines of the music.  More discs from this source are keenly awaited.

” —Richard Whitehouse
Musical Opinion

This is an important CD, which is strongly recommended on every level. …….played with notable understanding and virtuosity. ….. Raymond Clarke is much to be commended for his promotion of such beautifully written compositions…… A terrific issue, very well recorded.

” —Robert Matthew-Walker
Dcsh Journal

Fine, enterprising and intelligently planned…rigorous, strong and thoughtful….Clarke fully exploits all the sustained power his Steinway can give him…a very welcome release

” —Paul Ingram
American Record Guide

… a fascinating program intelligently executed. Raymond Clarke… plays all these coolly passionate works superbly and contributes expansive notes. The recording, made at the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne, has plenty of depth and color. Highly recommended.

” —Sullivan
Fanfare

Raymond Clarke plays this music with great affection and understanding

” —Peter Burwasser
International Piano

Clarke is especially good at conveying the off-the-wall perversity of the Ten Aphorisms, and his absolute technical control is vital in the exposed textures of the Panufnik. His masterly booklet essay reveals that he is also a first-rate writer on music.

” —Martin Anderson
Northern Echo

Five Preludes from op.2,3 by Shostakovich, plus the premiere recording of all Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s music. The music is easily absorbed, even light in nature in the case of Shostakovich, and very approachable. Raymond Clarke’s playing is effective and clean. Recorded in the King’s Hall of Newcastle University it’s worth a try. * * * […]

” —David Robson