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Panufnik, AndrzejCello Concerto (1991) 18'
for cello and orchestra

2fl.2cl-hn-perc(1):SD/TD/BD-strings(max:; min:
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Mstislav Rostropovich, cello / London Symphony Orchestra / Hugh Wolff

Composer's Notes  
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

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Mstislav Rostropovich/London Symphony Orchestra/Hugh Wolff

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