© 2013 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2013 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London on 24 October 2012
Producer: Raphael Mouterde
Engineer: Andrew Mellor, Floating Earth
This performance is Skrowacewski's own edition (not published)
Total playing time: 68:56
Released August 2013
CD: Bruckner – Symphony No. 7
LPO conducted by Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
Symphony No. 7 in E major
Stanisław Skrowaczewski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
'To me, Bruckner is one of the greatest composers,' says conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski. 'He is another Mozart: his music is magical ... its message speaks about the infinite, transcendental cosmos, God, timelessness, love and tragedy.' The opening melody of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony apparently came to the composer in a dream: a friend from Bruckner's younger days played the theme on a viola, with the words: 'This will bring you success.' If this is true it was prophetic: the work was one of the greatest successes of the composer's career.
'A very special issue. Don't hesitate to buy or download it'
David Mellor, Classic FM, 13 July 2013
'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
‘The playing is sonorous and warm, the grasp of structure exemplary.’ (Album Choice, September 2013)
Hi-Fi News, September 2013
‘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
'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
'Skrowaczewski really needs a luminous, round, and even string tone for his interpretation to make sense, and that's exactly what this orchestra gives him. Also, the woodwind solos have more character, and the trombone and Wagner tuba chorales have an evenness and precision very rarely heard, even in this oft-recorded work. In fact, the LPO seems to be intent on positioning itself as the UK's leading Bruckner orchestra.'
Gavin Dixon, Fanfare, 22 January 2014