Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Renowned for conducting Wagner and Bruckner, Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles plays the first of this season's BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Proms in repertoire close to his heart.
Wagner's intimate and private Idyll was written in 1870 to celebrate his second wife's birthday just after the birth of their son Siegfried. It is played here with the original 13 instruments but building to a larger string section. In contrast Bruckner wrote his 8th symphony to epic proportions. He is arguably the greatest Symphonist since Beethoven, and Bruckner's 8th is perhaps the most challenging and glorious of all his symphonies. The Nowak 1955 (1890) edition is played here.
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Monday 13th August at 2pm.