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Runnicles Crowns Edinburgh Festival

The sweep and surge of the love music was intoxicating, as was the wall of brass and percussion that accompanied the chorus’ romping as the hellish riders. What was most striking, however, was the way Runnicles repeatedly brought out the delicacy of the orchestration.   Simon Thompson:  http://seenandheard-international.com/2016/08/runnicles-crowns-edinburgh-festival-with-overwhelming-yet-delicate-gurrelieder-finale/

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Runnicles: San Francisco Ring Cycles 2018

For San Francisco Opera, there is a special connection between Donald Runnicles and contemporary productions of the pinnacle of all opera, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen(The Ring of the Nibelung). Twenty-six years ago, Runnicles made his debut here conducting two Ring cycles to rave reviews, and was subsequently engaged as the company’s music director. He […]

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MacMillan: Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 4

The Symphony No. 4 (2014-5) builds more subtly on echoes of Renaissance composer Robert Carver in an eerie melange of past and present — compelling in the hands of Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and sonically impressive.   Richard Fairman:  https://www.ft.com/content/47339624-998a-11e6-8f9b-70e3cabccfae

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BBC SSO/Runnicles Mahler 4

…Donald Runnicles’ luminescent reading of the work with the BBC SSO. First and foremost were the crystalline precision and sparkle of the orchestral textures he demanded from the outset: from the strings, clean and focused articulation; from the wind and brass, a piquancy that extracted fascinating new colours from the score.     Ken Walton: […]

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Runnicles Bids Farewell to BBC SSO

And so it’s goodbye to Donald Runnicles.  He won’t be going far (he’ll be the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus, and he’ll be back next season with Mahler 4), and I hope the energy he brought with him will remain long after his departure.  I’ll remember fondly his performances of the core German repertoire (Beethoven, Strauss and […]

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A Standing Ovation for Runnicles

What impressed and moved me so much was the sheer honesty in the performances. I have never heard such an open-hearted, pretension-free set of performances as those of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with Denis Kozhukhin and Mahler’s First Symphony, with Runnicles and the SSO in devastatingly candid form.   Michael Tumelty:  Herald Scotland http://tinyurl.com/j9hypfd

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Grand Teton Music Festival Season Announcement

The Grand Teton Music Festival announces a star-studded line-up to celebrate Music Director Donald Runnicles’ “Ten Years in the Tetons.” The 2016 Summer Festival runs seven weeks from July 4 to August 20 and includes more than 50 musical events. Highlights include: Beethoven Symphony No. 9: The National Collegiate Chorale of Scotland joins the Festival Orchestra and star soloists under the […]

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Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony and Mahler 9

Best known for his command of late 19th-century Austro-Germanic repertoire, Runnicles is a master interpreter of Mahler’s music. This performance of the Symphony No. 9 proved no exception. Runnicles totally owns this piece, and the virtuosic orchestra that is the ASO gave him an outstanding performance across its vast, lengthy span. It captured the attention […]

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