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STANISLAW SKROWACZEWSKI

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski began to play the piano and violin at the age of four, composed his first symphonic work at seven, gave his first public piano recital when he was eleven, and two years later played and conducted Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Lwów Musical Association; two of his compositions were performed by the Lwów Philharmonic Orchestra in 1940. He studied composition, conducting, musicology and philosophy at the Lwów Musical Academy and University, completing his studies at the Conservatory in Kraków in 1945. A hand injury sustained during the war terminated his keyboard career, after which he concentrated on composing and conducting. He was appointed conductor of the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946 and in the following year won the Szymanowski Prize for Composition, which enabled him, with the help of a French government grant, to study composition with Nadia Boulanger and conducting with Paul Kletzki in Paris.

On returning to Poland in 1949 Skrowaczewski served as chief conductor of the Katowice Philharmonic Orchestra from 1949 to 1954 and of the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra from 1954 to 1956. He took the first prize in the International Conductors’ Competition of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, in 1956, and as a result was appointed chief conductor of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Poland’s leading orchestra. At the invitation of George Szell he made his American debut in 1958 with the Cleveland Orchestra: this led to engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras and to his appointment as music director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now the Minnesota Orchestra) in 1960, the year in which he left Poland to settle in America. Skrowaczewski remained with the Minnesota Orchestra for nineteen years, conducting it in a wide repertoire as well as touring and recording for the Mercury and Vox labels amongst others. In addition he was largely responsible for the construction of a new concert hall for the orchestra. He resigned from this post in 1979 to concentrate more on composing and guest conducting, but returned to a permanent position in 1984 when he was appointed chief conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, serving until 1991. Following his departure from Manchester, Skrowaczewski developed a close relationship with the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra and was appointed conductor laureate of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to his permanent posts, Skrowaczewski has always toured extensively, appearing as a guest conductor throughout the USA, Europe and Japan; and has continued to compose music in an elegant as well as eclectic musical style.

A fastidious and undemonstrative conductor, Skrowaczewski eschews immediate effect in favour of a clear delineation of the work being performed. The benefits of this approach may be heard in his conducting of the Hallé Orchestra in symphonies by Shostakovich, which possess remarkable tension. His cycle of the Brahms symphonies with the same orchestra is also noteworthy. Skrowaczewski’s mastery of orchestral colour and balance is fully displayed in his recording of the complete orchestral music of Ravel, made with the Minnesota Orchestra for the Vox label, and superbly engineered. With the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra he has recorded a complete cycle of the Bruckner symphonies which demonstrates his deep understanding of these works, as well as his strong control of structure and placing of climaxes. Skowaczewski is unusual among conductors in that while clearly displaying the American preference for execution of the highest calibre, at the same time he has maintained the more European characteristic of delivering performances of great individuality and character.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Patmore (A–Z of Conductors, Naxos 8.558087–90).

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BARTOK, B.: Divertimento / Concerto for Orchestra (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC306
Concertos, Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC521
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, "Eroica" (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC522
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, "Pastoral" (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC523
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC524
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" (Dasch, Sindram, Elsner, Zeppenfeld, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC525
Orchestral
BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie Fantastique / Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC319
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC409
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 1 (German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC408
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 4 (German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC410
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony in F Minor, "Study Symphony" / Overture in G Minor (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC208
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 0, "Nullte" (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC209
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 1 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC210
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC211
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC212
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4, "Romantic" (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC213
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC214
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC215
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC216
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 8 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC217
Orchestral
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9 (Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC218
Orchestral
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Kupiec, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC326
Concertos
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 4 - Concerto for Orchestra / Symphony No. 1 (Wrocław Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) CD Accord
CDAccordACD196
Orchestral, Concertos
SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1, "Spring" and 4 (German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC707
Orchestral
SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, "Rhenish" (German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC708
Orchestral
SKROWACZEWSKI, S.: Music at Night / Fantasie, "Il Piffero della Notte" / Symphony (Skrowaczewski) Oehms Classics
OC712
Orchestral
SKROWACZEWSKI, S: 90th Birthday Collection - The Complete Oehms Classics Recordings (Skrowaczewcki) (28-CD Box Set) Oehms Classics
OC090
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral





 
 
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