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Les Troyens: San Francisco Opera

From the pit, former music director of the San Francisco Opera, Donald Runnicles returned to lend Berlioz’s sweeping score a nuanced, handsome and unhurried eloquence. For its duration Runnicles gave attentive support to the large cast of soloists, never overwhelming the mostly exceptional individual performances. Paul Celar 15 June 2015 http://bachtrack.com/review-troyens-mcvicar-san-francisco-opera-june-2015

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Les Troyens: San Francisco Opera

Before the last act, Donald Runnicles and the orchestra rightly were greeted with the most thunderous applause heard in the opera house since their great Wagner “Ring” days.   Runnicles and the orchestra had everything right, both in quiet and climactic moments. Seventy-two musicians were in the pit, and 23 in backstage bands switched location […]

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Les Troyens: San Francisco Opera

The pit orchestra of 72 musicians and an offstage band of 23 lavished power and essential definition on the music under conductor Donald Runnicles, who also managed to tailor the sound to each singer. Harvey Steiman 23 June 2015 Seen and Heard International http://seenandheard-international.com/2015/06/in-big-glorious-les-troyens-five-hours-fly-by/?doing_wp_cron=1435053277.2358119487762451171875

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; October 22 , 2014

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced that Donald Runnicles will become its Conductor Emeritus in September 2016, when he will step down from the post of Chief Conductor. Runnicles has been at the helm of the orchestra for the past five years, but has worked with the BBC SSO since 2001. The Emeritus role […]

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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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