• Katowice: Skrowaczewski takes a bow
Saturday, 30 April 2016 Leave a comment
The highpoint of my trip to Katowice last month was my second visit to the new (2014) home of the Polish Radio National SO (NOSPR). In November that year, I heard the 91-year-old Stanisław Skrowaczewski conduct Shostakovich 5. I never imagined that I would get to hear him again, but my luck was in again this year. On 8 April, now 92, Skrowaczewski conducted NOSPR in a luminous account of Bruckner 8. It was breathtakingly beautiful, intense and uplifting and seamlessly shaped.
As the audience rose in a spontaneous standing ovation, I remembered my camera and shot one of the ‘curtain calls’.