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Edinburgh International Festival: Opening Concert
Usher Hall
7:30PM, Saturday, August 8, 2015

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Brahms Gesang der Parzen
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer (orch. Brahms)
Brahms Schicksalslied
Strauss Ein Heldenleben

A rich programme of powerful and profoundly personal music, performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its commanding Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles, renowned worldwide for his passionate accounts of Romantic works.

Monstrously egotistical for some, searingly intense for others, Strauss’s grand autobiographical Ein Heldenleben is a vivid portrait of a hero’s life, his struggles against adversity and his ultimate fulfilment, conveyed in some of the composer’s most expressive and evocative music.

Beforehand, Runnicles directs the Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus in glowingly Romantic choral works by Brahms, from the brooding Gesang der Parzen to the blissful serenity of theSchickalslied, by way of the charming lyricism and disarming tunefulness of the Liebeslieder Waltzer.

Edinburgh International Festival Opening Concert
Usher Hall
7:30PM, Thursday, January 1, 1970

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Brahms Gesang der Parzen
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer (orch. Brahms)
Brahms Schicksalslied
Strauss Ein Heldenleben

 

Donald Runnicles directs Richard Strauss’s powerful musical and autobiographical portrait of a hero’s life, alongside richly Romantic choral music by Brahms – including the brooding Gesang der Parzen and a selection of the charming, lyrical Liebeslieder Waltzer.

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