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
Number of discs: 1
Label: Unicorn Records
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 916 MB
|A1||Vision I / Vision II / Vision III||10:12|
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
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