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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 Mahler, in particular) and, unsurprisingly for someone who runs the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, I have special memories of his opera work in Scotland, especially Tristan and Wozzeck.

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