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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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The Scotsman

…the climax of the work comes with a shadowy reference to the Scottish psalm-tune known as Martyrs. As played by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles, that tune could be glimpsed through a shimmering chromatic haze; the translucent textures of this graceful and economical work were beautifully rendered throughout. Michael Church

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The Guardian

Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony also danced, thanks to the well-oiled strings, the characterful wind solos – brighter-toned than in the Mozart – and, of course, Runnicles’s unflagging propulsion. The momentum he and this orchestra can generate together is quite something. Erika Jeal

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seenandheard-international.com

Donald Runnicles and his magnificent BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opted for a more over-arching, organic reading in which all the episodes of grotesque revelry and passages of deep introspection seemed to be the natural consequence of each other, not just moments of fleeting reminiscences or a musical representation of Mahler’s neuroses. Maestro Runnicles, who is […]

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The Herald

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 performance, […]

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Classics Today

Kaufmann and the marvelous Donald Runnicles, who leads sympathetically and very much in keeping with his tenor’s strengths and feelings throughout the recital, do not linger morbidly or unnecessarily over each song; nor are they rushed. Runnicles allows the freshness of Kaufmann’s soft singing to take center stage (listen to “Traume”—it’s gorgeously dreamy) and he […]

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