CD reviews - Bruckner 7 / Skrowaczewski
'A very special issue. Don't hesitate to buy or download it'
David Mellor, Classic FM, 13 July 2013
In August we released a disc of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 on the LPO Label, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. It's had a fantastic reaction from the press – here are the reviews so far.
'An ideally unshowy and effective performance ... Consistently fine LPO playing, excellent recorded balance, and a quiet audience at this live Festival Hall recording make for a release of no-nonsense quality.'
Malcom Hayes, Sinfini Music, 31 July 2013
‘The playing is sonorous and warm, the grasp of structure exemplary.’ (Album Choice, September 2013)
Hi-Fi News, September 2013 (not online)
‘Luminous in texture and majestically clear of purpose, with an exceptionally serene slow movement and a warm-hearted Trio. Tempi are wonderfully sustained – “old” does not always mean “slow” – and climaxes are reached patiently and lyrically.’ *****
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 16 August 2013
‘There is certainly no indication of waning powers here and every proof of [Skrowaczewski’s] expertise as a Brucknerian. Not one for pulling tempi about, he conducts a firm, steady, controlled account that flows and breathes naturally ... Anyone acquiring this new budget recording is unlikely to be disappointed.'
Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International, 11 September 2013
‘…full-toned, vibrant, and passionately lyrical. Fans of expansively Romantic readings of Bruckner will appreciate the broad phrasing, translucent textures, and careful use of rubato that give this performance its natural flow and personal feeling.’
Blair Sanderson, Allmusic.com, 17 September 2013
'This is a profoundly satisfying performance which always feels 'right'. Indeed, I'd go so far as to say this may well be one of the finest ever recordings of the symphony; it really is that good. We can only be grateful that this magnificent performance has been preserved for posterity. All Bruckner collectors should add it to their collections without delay.' (Recording of the Month)
John Quinn, MusicWeb International, 1 October 2013
'It has a quiet dignity and integrity, and one is left in no doubt that the man on the podium comes with a wealth of experience and is in love with every bar.'
Edward Seckerson, Gramophone, November 2013 (not online)
'Skrowaczewski shrewdly allows the music its natural expanse while moving naturally through episodes to create a cohesive whole. This is a glowing and humane performance, the London Philharmonic playing beautifully for its veteran maestro.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 27 October 2013
LPO-0071, released August 2013.
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