About the collection

After the online collections dedicated to the works of Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, the National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) is proud to present a musical collection of another great Polish composer of the 20th century – Andrzej Panufnik. The project is all the more significant given the fact that works by Panufnik, who spent nearly half his life abroad, were banned in Poland for decades and have yet to gain the recognition they deserve in the composer’s homeland.

Precisely on the 100th anniversary of Panufnik’s birth, NInA launched the largest online repository of his works. As in the case of the three composers mentioned above, it is based primarily on material from the Polish Radio Archives digitized at the initiative of NInA as part of the Culture+ Long Term Program. In total, the collection encompasses nearly 80 audio recordings accompanied by 64 descriptions of the works.

The recordings featured in the collection include performances conducted by Panufnik as well as world-class Polish conductors (including Witold Rowicki, Jan Krenz, Wojciech Michniewski, Jacek Kaspszyk and Łukasz Borowicz). Some of the audio material was recorded at premiere performances, and is thus of great documentary and archival significance. The technical quality of some recordings is less than perfect, but these have been published because of their historical value.

The author of the entries on the website is Dr. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, an eminent musicologist and expert on Andrzej Panufnik and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Dr. Bolesławska-Lewandowska also wrote the entries for NInA’s Górecki collection). The project was created by a NInA team supervised by professor Iwona Lindstedt from the University of Warsaw, who is also the editor-in-chief of NInA’s Lutosławski, Górecki and Penderecki collections.

The analyses of many of Panufnik’s works have been enriched with "contextual" material such as the composer’s statements about the works, as well as opinions of critics and musicologists, many of which were contemporary responses to the analysed pieces. Additional aid in navigating Panufnik’s oeuvre is provided by a chronological list of works categorized into the periods commonly used in literature on the subject, as well as a glossary of terms associated with the artist and with people in his life and playlists of Panufnik’s works prepared for the new collection by renowned musicians and conductors and members of the composer’s family. A visually enhanced timeline places major events in Panufnik’s lifetime against the background of Lutosławski, Górecki and Penderecki biographies and in the historical and cultural context of the 20th and 21st centuries.

An important innovation in comparison with previous NINATEKA collections comes in the form of the Film tab providing links to documentaries devoted to the composer, and to excerpts from video recordings of rehearsals and performances of Panufnik’s works during the 1990 and 1996 Warsaw Autumn Festivals.