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Last October, just after he turned 89, Skrowaczewski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this Festival Hall performance of Bruckner’s most satisfying symphony. Older conductors have a knack of searching out the metaphysical in Bruckner, and the veteran Polish-born Skrowaczewski is no exception: his reading is in the mould of Wand (RCA) and Von Matacic (Denon), 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, if not always with optimal intensity.
Symphony No 7
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