Concert reviews: Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducts Mendelssohn and Bruckner, 14 March 2014

On Friday 14 March at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 90-year-old Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 3. This was preceded by Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, performed by 24-year-old Benjamin Beilman.

Here are the press reviews ...

'With the LPO offering a refulgent and vibrant performance, Skrowaczewski conjured a first movement at once urgent and heroic, fizzing with intent and incident, in which tender asides melted the heart and the music's recesses were probed ... This Bruckner 3 was as lively and rousing as it was deeply considered and old-school punctilious. It worked a treat! Hopefully, Skrowaczewski has future LPO dates in his diary.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 15 March 2014

'The Bruckner ... could hardly have been more consummate, a distinctive and personal interpretation that was clearly the result of a lifetime's experience with the music ... distinctive, often surprising, and utterly unique.'
Gavin Dixon, Orpheus Complex blog, 15 March 2014

'Skrowaczewski paced it to perfection and the orchestra gave him all that glorious brilliance of sound of which it is capable ... Once the music finishes and you consider what has taken place, you realise what a great conductor he is, and that what you have just heard is, in fact, a very great interpretation perfectly achieved.' (5 stars)
Ken Ward, Bachtrack, 16 March 2014