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Daily Record

Donald Runnicles, the chief conductor of the SSO, showcased the world class playing of his orchestra who as they bit into the stormy tone poem and brought to life Mussorgsky’s tone poem. Gary Cruden;  October 2, 2014 http://tinyurl.com/odpntbt

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Chicago Sun-Times

Having heard Runnicles lead Wagner’s week-long Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera three years ago, one of the most unified and captivating I’ve ever experienced, I was hopeful for his substitution here in another “big” work. But to deliver such a success in a house that, in part, the advocacy of Mahler built, was a […]

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Chicago Tribune

The experienced Runnicles handled this balancing act very well, giving the rising and falling tensions their due without pressuring the sound to ugliness or making Mahler’s manic outbursts feel manipulated. His palpable feeling for the music’s emotional interior was equaled by his command of its technically complex exterior. John von Rhein; October 10, 2014

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theartsdesk.com

It takes a brave man to programme a single performance of Berg’s Wozzeck on a damp Thursday evening in Glasgow. But Donald Runnicles is such a man. In his five years at the helm of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra he has proved adept at making the implausible possible, and turning the ordinary into something […]

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The Daily and Sunday Express

The orchestra’s lustrous playing under conductor Donald Runnicles brought out both the harshness and lyrical romanticism of the score. A memorable evening, with a standing ovation at the end. Clare Colvin September 7, 2014 http://tinyurl.com/pzmzt82

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seenandheard-international.com

Runnicles is always the common link in the Edinburgh concerts, and that’s worth celebrating, too.  His Night on the Bare Mountain paid the piece the ultimate compliment of taking it seriously, crafting an interpretation that was always changing and never static. Simon Thompson;  September 30, 2014

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theartsdesk.com

So here’s where I join the ranks of Old Opera Bores by declaring this Salome, Nina Stemme, the best I’ve seen since Hildegard Behrens in 1978, and this Salome as in Richard Strauss’s Wilde opera from Donald Runnicles and his Deutsche Oper Berlin ensemble categorically the most near-perfect.  Runnicles (pictured above) understands when to tense, […]

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The Telegraph

Donald Runnicles conducted the superb Deutsche Oper orchestra: Strauss is their home territory. and they inhabit this score with supreme confidence, fielding its challenges with playing of almost insouciant virtuosity. Rupert Christiansen August 31, 2014 http://tinyurl.com/pq9e8z6/

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Herald Scotland

BBC SSO, City Halls, Glasgow We have always known that the SSO has great soloists in the winds and brass, but Runnicles has the orchestra’s strings playing better than ever. Keith Bruce

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Financial Times

In his latest programme with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Edinburgh-born conductor unfolded the Ninth Symphony with the kind of clairvoyance that sweeps you up in Mahler’s extraordinary cauldron of bipolar extremes, while simultaneously profiling the music’s interconnectedness with blistering clarity. The orchestra turned in a scorching, go-for-broke demonstration of corporate virtuosity, well above […]

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