HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Unicorn Records) Andrzej Panufnik – Sinfonia Sacra, Sinfonia Rustica (Panufnik)

These performances have the benefit of performance with the composer himself conducting. Sinfonia Sacra and Sinfonia Rustica were recorded in the mid 1960s and the sound quality is showing its age. Even so the performances are spirited. These early symphonies express more overt Polish nationalism than his later works but show his skills in the tight organisation of material. Rustica uses folk like material throughout but this is harmonically stretched – possibly as far as he could go under the Polish communist regime. Sinfonia Sacra is a stirring piece and his most famous – celebrating Polish nationhood and Catholic faith. Although there are reservations about the sound quality this stands as an excellent survey of his earlier symphonies so comes warmly recommended.

Composer: Andrzej Panufnik
Orchestra: Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Andrzej Panufnik
Vinyl 1967
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Unicorn Records
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 916 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


  Sinfonia Sacra
A1 Vision I / Vision II / Vision III 10:12
A2 Hymn 10:46
  Sinfonia Rustica
B1 Con Tenerezza 8:08
B2 Con Grazia 4:47
B3 Con Espressione 4:48
B4 Con Vigore 6:00


Analyzed folder: /96k Panufnik – Sinfonia Sacra, Sinfonia Rustica (Panufnik)
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR12 -0.52 dB -17.17 dB A1 Sinfonia Sacra – Vision I – Vision II – Vision III.aif
DR11 -0.60 dB -17.50 dB A2 Sinfonia Sacra – Hymn.aif
DR11 -0.61 dB -16.56 dB B1 Sinfonia Rustica – Con Tenerezza.aif
DR11 -1.44 dB -17.97 dB B2 Sinfonia Rustica – Con Grazia.aif
DR10 -1.70 dB -17.72 dB B3 Sinfonia Rustica – Con Espressione.aif
DR10 -0.84 dB -15.19 dB B4 Sinfonia Rustica – Con Vigore.aif

Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR11



Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5


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