If it’s true that a performance can define its own context, then that is precisely what happened on Thursday night when Donald Runnicles, the BBC SSO, a quartet of distinguished soloists, and the National Youth Choir of Scotland gave a performance of Mozart’s Requiem that, quite frankly, I found wholly convincing and profoundly moving: a […]
Donald Runnicles is a conductor who thinks in operatic terms: grand, sweeping, singing lines. Even when he’s tackling a behemoth of the symphonic repertoire – Gustav Mahler’s Fifth, in this case – he shapes phrases so that they always sing, never adding a breath where a vocalist wouldn’t, never propping up a long melody on […]
…..thanks to the splendid performance by Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. From the exciting account of the overture onwards, Runnicles directed a compelling and strongly characterised account of the score. Superbly balanced and wonderfully translucent, the BBCSSO contributed playing of unflagging commitment from beginning to end.