Today's Classical Music Video

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Skrowaczewski Conducts Bruckner

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has long been one of the world's great conductors, but he plying his trade or practicing his art just slightly out of the mainstream. In a word, he is under-appreciated. He spent some years with the Minnesota Orchestra but for the most part has worked in Europe or Japan. He has recorded all the Bruckner symphonies to great acclaim with the Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany. 

This video was made last year in Japan and shows Skrowaczewski in top form, at the age of 87, conducting the last movement from Bruckner's Eighth Symphony. Note that the Japanese trumpeters are using rotary valve instruments. We also get a good look at the Wagner tubas.

- Paul E. Robinson

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