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On Wednesday 24 October, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski made the first of two appearances this week with the LPO at Royal Festival Hall. He conducted the Orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Hilary Hahn, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

The concert received some great reviews: here’s what the reviewers had to say…

‘This was one of those performances that leave you feeling nourished, rather than exhausted … Throughout the performance the LPO played magnificently, wonderfully enhanced by Skrowaczewski’s concern to get the balance right, to let all the inner voices speak … It is his rigorous devotion to music and courtesy to his fellow musicians that has characterised his career, and it continues to deliver music-making of rare quality, an honesty and integrity of which these days we are in desperate need, with the power to shake and rejuvenate the weary heart.’ (5 stars)
Ken Ward (Editor, The Bruckner Journal), Bachtrack.com

‘The balance of the orchestral colours was extremely attractive. We trekked up the work’s many peaks slowly but with an original rhythmic kick and, once at the top, we were never disappointed. The glory was the final sunrise to the first movement, made all the more impressive by Skrowaczewski’s finessing of both the near-silent roll into the crescendo and the brass fanfare that took us to the end.’
Igor Toronyi-Lalic, The Arts Desk

‘This concert was superb, a wonderful marriage of common purpose. The Mozart was played delightfully. Hilary Hahn’s sweet tone and lyrical playing for her initial entry contrasted nicely with the pointed and insistent playing from the LPO … At spot-on 70 minutes, this reading [of the Bruckner] benefited from such expanse: there was space to breathe with Skrowaczewski, the music never dragging, and was a performance as one dreams of – of majesty, grace and full expression … The ascent to glory was captivating from the off, moments of serene bliss gave way to uplifting climaxes in the opening movement. Skrowaczewski tempted the LPO to great heights of playing.’
Kevin Rogers, Classical Source

‘The LPO were in tremendous form, right across the stage … I never believed I would hear an account of a Bruckner symphony that rivalled Günter Wand at his best, but last night I did … Truly an evening to remember!’
Michael McManus, Gramophone

‘If a dangerously drawn-out Adagio threatened the concentration, there was also little doubt that the conductor knew where this music was headed, and knew that it needed no extraneous interference. The LPO, though not always entirely together, offered him rapt adoration.’
Neil Fisher, The Times (only available online to subscribers)

Skrowaczewski returns to Royal Festival Hall with the LPO tonight (Friday 26 October), conducting Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Garrick Ohlsson; his own arrangement of the Adagio from Bruckner’s String Quintet in F; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Tickets are still available and can be booked through Southbank Centre or bought on the door.

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