Cello Concerto

Andrzej Panufnik (1914)

Cello Concerto 1991

2fl.2cl—hn—perc(1):SD/TD/BD—strings(maximum:12.10.8.6.4, minumum:8.6.4.3.1)
Duration 
18
Solist 
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Commissioner 
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The cello is my favourite musical instrument but, in writing this Concerto, I was above all inspired by my deep admiration for the great interpretative powers of Mstislav Rostropovich and my joy that he had asked me to write this work.

I am proud also that this is my third commission from the London Symphony Orchestra. This time I decided to limit the choice of instruments and to spotlight some of the principal instrumentalists while accommodating also the soloist's preference for a modest-sized orchestra (5 wind instruments, drums and strings).

As in my past works, a certain internalised vision of geometric proportions gave me the structure for the whole composition - this time the mandorla, the palindromic almond-shaped figure in the centre of two equal, overlapping circles, which I have often observed woven into the designs of ancient religious art and architecture. I was intriguedby the idea that each movement of the Concerto could be a palindrome within itself as well as a reflection of each other.

Andrzej Panufnik

For the diagram illustrating the construction of this work, see the programme note section on www.panufnik.com

(This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer)

Performances 
24.6.92 Barbican Hall, London: Mstislav Rostropovich/London Symphony Orchestra/Hugh Wolff
21.2.93 Warsaw, Poland: Andrzej Bauer/Sinfonia Varsova/Mark Stephenson
30.5.97 St Gile's Cripplegate, London: Louise Hopkins/Opus 20/Scott Stroman
24/25.3.00 Warsaw, Poland: Warsaw Philharmonic/Kazimierz Kord
26.10.00 Palermo, Italy: Massimo Polidori/Orchestra Camera Gli Armonici/Umberto Bruno
31.1.14 LSO St Luke's, London: Bartholomew LaFollette/Melos Sinfonia/Oliver Zeffman
14.2.14 Jelenia Gora, Poland: Zdzislaw Lapinski/Orkiestra Filharmonii Dolnoslaskiej/M.J. Blaszczyk
25.7.14 Suwalki, Poland: Marcin Zdunik/Aukso/Marek Mos
28.8.14 Warsaw, Poland: Andrzej Bauer/Orkiestra Aukso/Marek Mos
28.9.14 Warsaw, Poland: Raphael Wallfisch/Polish Radio Orchestra/Lukas Borowic
25.10.14 Warsaw, Poland: Steven Honigberg/AUKSO Chamber Orchestra/Marek Mos
6.11.14 Gdansk, Poland: Roman Jablónski/Symphony Orchestra of Gdansk's Academy of Music/Zygmunt Rychert
12.11.14 Tblisi, Georgia: Jan Kalinowski/Tbilisi State Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra/Pawel Kotla
7.2.16 Warsaw, Poland: Maciej Kulakowski/Orkiestra Aukso/Marek Mos
2
Flute
2
Clarinet
1
Horn
1
Percussion
side drum, bass drum, tenor drum
12
Violin
10
Violin II
8
Viola
6
Cello
4
Double bass
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