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Reviews for Brewer and Runnicles

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Johnny Laville Johnny Laville | 12:10 UK time, Tuesday, 23 March 2010


Donald Runnicles returned to Scotland last week to lead some fantastic concerts in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh accompanied by the amazing Christine Brewer. As Donald was in town there was quite a bit of press action and the articles are listed below.

Our concert in Glasgow was covered by both The Scotsman and The Herald with Ken Walton of The Scotsman giving the concert a whopping 5 stars. Walton was impressed with the performance of Christine Brewer saying that "Brewer coloured every song with its own delicious character, the exquisite molten power of her voice carrying over the orchestra even in the most hushed phrases and filling the music at every turn with fresh thoughts and insight."

Over at The Herald Michael Tumelty gave the concert 4 stars and particularly enjoyed the post-concert coda featuring Donald and Christine (available to view here) saying that "After the official concert, Runnicles, on piano, and Brewer performed Burns, Britten and Bernstein in an informal set that teased the mind and broke the heart."

Blogger Tam Pollard at Where's Runnicles? commented that Brewer "has an excellent chemistry with Runnicles and the pair have collaborated to great effect both on disc and in the concert hall."

We're doing it all again this week in Glasgow and Perth with a programme that includes Mahler's Fourth Symphony featuring special guests in the form of young Korean soprano Ji Young Yang and Canadian violin virtuoso James Ehnes. It's shaping up to be another great week for Donald and the orchestra!


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