One of the UK’s most lauded composers, Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with a new release of her previously unrecorded choral music, performed by leading British choir Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore. Known for her interest in world music, the programme includes performances from Indian arts organisation Milapfest on Unending Love, as well as the a recording of Child of Heaven: Dawn Chorus III – a new commission from Ex Cathedra that sets a Hymn to Dawn from the Rig Veda.
Roxanna has written a wide range of pieces including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television which are regularly performed all over the world. This disc follows the 2017 release of 99 Words (SIGCD519), combining works by Panufnik and Sir John Tavener.
★★★★ Beguiling and soothing, it’s Panufnik at her most individual – Classical Source
★★★★ Very exciting – All Music
A pleasurable disc – Gramophone
The work is elegantly-shaped and full of warmth, rather like this disc as a whole – BBC Music Magazine
This album is a fine and nicely varied birthday gift from Ex Cathedra to Roxanna Panufnik – Music Web International