Skroweczewski has always been an outstanding Bartók conductor… These versions of the Concerto for Orchestra and Divertimento are excellent. The Berlioz belongs squarely to the “analytical” school of interpretations—think Markevitch—but as we all know that does not preclude a powerful listening experience, and it doesn’t here. The two Chopin piano concertos offer few opportunities for the conductor to characterize the music, but he manages to do it very tellingly, and no one has recorded them more often than Skrowaczewski. These are performance of great distinction, as CT.com’s Jed Distler pointed out in his review of the single-disc release: warm, intimate, and infinitely nuanced.
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