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Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, July 2017

LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 4 - Concerto for Orchestra / Symphony No. 1 (Wroclaw Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski) CDAccordACD196
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 5 -Symphony No. 3 / Symphonic Variations / Silesian Triptych / Little Suite (Zubel, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Kaspszyk) CDAccordACD197

What is immediately striking and impressive about these two performances is the security and confidence of the orchestral playing. The players really know these works: scurrying string passages are securely together, as are high-lying soaring ones, the woodwind are really on top of their many complicated lines and the brass and percussion give the right degree of weight. Skrowaczewski, better remembered in the UK for his Bruckner, obtains good playing. These are live performances in a good concert hall acoustic and with the applause included.

All the works here are in the safe hands of Jacek Kaspszyk, whom I admire for his recordings of Szymanowski. Again, I note the security of the orchestral playing. Agata Zubel handles the two vocal items with confidence. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Gavin Dixon
Fanfare, September 2014

Stanisław Skrowaczewski is an interesting choice of conductor and…a good one. His obvious affinity with this music fits into a pattern that he has established in his recent recordings, giving interpretations that speak of intelligence, engagement, and emotional commitment.

…the recording is recommended…Fans of Skrowaczewski will certainly want it for the distinctive readings he gives. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, September 2014

…excellent readings. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, May 2014

Stanisław Skrowaczewski…brings out all the lyrical beauty and luminous color in two remarkable scores by Witold Lutosławski…Both have so many discords, and so many conflicting elements before they are resolved, that the cueing problems faced by any conductor…must be immense. Skrowaczewski takes it all in stride in the process of leading the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review





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