Peters Edition is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive publishing contract with Roxanna Panufnik. In this signing Peters has also acquired Panufnik’s back catalogue in its entirety. She writes “I am thoroughly delighted to be signed by such a well-respected and venerable publishing house – we have some very exciting plans for my past and future works, which I know are in the very best of hands.”
Since completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Panufnik has written a wide range of pieces for opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television which are regularly performed worldwide. Panufnik’s highly distinctive compositional voice is reflected in the wide range of high profile commissions and performances that mark her career to date, both in the UK and internationally. She is perhaps best known for the large-scale choral work of 1998; the perennially popular Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir on the occasion of Cardinal Basil Hume's 75th birthday. A subsequent recording of the Mass received great critical acclaim: “tonal, expressive, keenly spiced with chromatic harmony, and finding room within a seven-movement English-language Mass setting for such haunting ideas as the harp's flowing accompaniment to the Gloria, while elsewhere strings and bells surround the voices like a halo.” (Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, October 1999.)
The 2008/09 season sees no less than 18 premieres in nine different countries. Recent commissions include Tibetan Winter, Indian Summer for Tasmin Little and the Orchestra of the Swan, choral works for The Sixteen and King's College Cambridge, a critically acclaimed harp concerto Powers & Dominions, Letters from Burma for oboist Douglas Boyd and the Vellinger String Quartet, Leda, a ballet for English National Ballet and Wratislavia Cantans, and Abraham - a violin concerto commissioned by Savannah Music Festival for Daniel Hope, which incorporates Christian, Islamic and Jewish music. A concert last month in Jerusalem saw the world premiere of a new adaptation of Abraham, entitled Three Paths to Peace, by the World Orchestra for Peace under Valery Gergiev,. A feature about this concert was broadcast on CNN and a 4 minute excerpt can be viewed here:
Recordings include works on the Warner Classics and EMI Classics labels. A choral disc, ‘Angels Sing’, features Douai Missa Brevis, Prayer, Spring, The Christmas Life, Angels Sing and Westminster Mass, sung by the Joyful Company of Singers. Settings for solo voices and orchestra of Vikram Seth's Beastly Tales was recorded by Patricia Rozario and City of London Sinfonia, and The Upside Down Sailor for narrator and ensemble is available on the Black Box label.