3 August 2009
Genesis continues to work with composer Roxanna Panufnik
12 years after the Genesis Foundation commissioned Roxanna Panufnik’s
Roxanna Panufnik's Singing Beasts
Composer Roxanna Panufnik has completed her setting of three concert pieces based on Vikram Seth's animal anthology Beastly Tales from Here and There. The World premiere of The Frog and the Nightingale, an original story by Seth, was at the Bury St. Edmund's Festival on 17 May 2003. Paul Daniel, Music Director of English National Opera, conducted soloists Patricia Rozario, Yvonne Howard, and Roderick Williams with the City of
Roxanna Panufnik's first Beastly Tale was a setting of The Crocodile and the Monkey, for soprano and orchestra, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and premiered by Patricia Rozario and the City of
All three Tales have been recorded and are available on EMI Classics.
Roxanna Panufnik says: "The book is a beautifully crafted and witty retelling by Vikram Seth of some internationally well-known stories and, as with 'The Frog and the Nightingale', a couple of new ones of his own. They are intensely musical and immediately conjure up kaleidoscopic images and textures; the orchestra is an ideal vehicle to bring them to life."
Roxanna Panufnik's biography