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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, March 2013

The conductor achieves a concentration of detail balanced by a powerful grasp of each work’s overall line that makes listening anything but a “ho-hum, Brahms again” experience. He drives at the emotional and spiritual heart of the music with a directness and force…

The Saarbrucken ensemble is solid and reliable and responsive… © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, February 2013

Skrowaczewski offers a lushly played, leisurely paced Brahms Second.…Skrowaczewski imparts a lyrical voluptuousness to the music, with Brahms’ themes luxuriating in romantic warmth and tenderness, and you hear so much detail throughout the performance, not least because of the excellent sound reproduction provided by Oehms here and in the Third.

The first movement (Allegro non troppo) is among the most convincing renditions I’ve ever encountered, offering a mixture of that “warmth” and “spirit” in utterly splendid playing by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.

One must assess both of these performances as excellent…A fine effort all around. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review

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