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…..I know none who understand better the principle and practice of momentum in music than Donald Runnicles.  It characterised and propelled the SSO’s performance of Metamorphosen, which was never a funeral march and never a dirge, but a restless, seething canvas of counterpoint, whose complex textures moved ever-forward, illuminated by Runnicle’s mastery of momentum in the […]

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Seen and Heard International

But the hero of the evening was Runnicles himself.  He paced the unfolding of the great span of the act like a pschological thriller, knowing exactly when to tighten the tension and when to relax.  As a result, Wagner’s still remarkable score ebbed and flowed like the waves bearing Isolde’s ship, and everything sounded organic […]

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MusicalCriticism.com

Wagner: Götterdämmerung …under the baton of Runnicles, the musicians offered many moments of beauty, finally taking advantage of dynamics palette. Marina Romani; June 25, 2011

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San Francisco Examiner

World’s end compels experiencing Wagner’s ‘Ring’ again As before, Runnicles’ orchestra was brilliant…arriving at a world-class Siegfried’s Funeral March and Finale with heart-stopping pauses. Janos Gereben

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Opera News

It seems fair to say that at present, the DOB’s greatest strength is general music director Donald Runnicles, whose contract was recently extended until 2018. In the pit, he led a dramatically overwhelming performance, notable not only for its full-blooded and accurate brass section but for the delicate interplay of the winds and strings during […]

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Great Scot!!

Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles,  has been nominated in the music category for a Spirit of Scotland Award!   You can vote for him by viewing the following link: http://www.glenfiddich.com/uk/explore/spirit-of-scotland/ Click on EXPLORE and you will arrive at a page where you may vote for your favorite Scot!

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Introducing “Prelude and Food” with Sarah Willis!

Learn about Donald’s culinary talent in this wonderful new cooking show! Sarah Willis welcomes the cream of classical musicians and their chosen guests into her kitchen salon to talk about music while they prepare their favourite meal. In Sarah’s Prelude & Food, the cooking is the vehicle for a relaxed, conversational atmosphere with musical flare […]

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Live Stream on BBC Radio 3 tonight: Runnicles and Kozhukhin

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 (c.37′) Britten Sinfonia da Requiem (c.21′) Shostakovich Symphony No.9 (c.27′) Denis Kozhukhin piano Donald Runnicles conductor BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra “I need the sound of the trampling of steel-shod boots”, Shostakovich told the first performers of his Ninth Symphony – but this startlingly irreverent “pseudo-comedy” certainly wasn’t the victory march the […]

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Donald Runnicles leads Philadelphia Orchestra on historic tour to China

After serving as the United States’ first cultural ambassador to China in 1973, The Philadelphia Orchestra launches the next chapter of its relationship with the People’s Republic—with performances and residency activities in Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing, and Macao. (Washington, DC, April 11, 2013)—The Philadelphia Orchestra—one of the world’s most renowned ensembles and cultural emissaries—today announced […]

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