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Donald Runnicles and the BBC SSO in Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune. James MacMillan: Violin Concerto. Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (Pastoral).

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Runnicles conducts the BBC SSO in Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony.

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
James MacMillan: Violin Concerto (Scottish Premiere)

8.15: Interval

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

Vadim Repin, violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

James MacMillan dedicated his Violin Concerto to the memory of his mother. But as last season's acclaimed BBC SSO cycle of MacMillan's piano concertos showed, there's more to anything by MacMillan than meets the ear: as one critic put it, this is a work "so full of ideas that you might wonder if he couldn't have written two concertos". In the hands of its dedicatee, the great Vadim Repin, it's an arresting companion-piece for Beethoven's much-loved (and deceptively relaxed) 'Pastoral' symphony, and the quiet revolution of Debussy's sensuous Prélude; works chosen by Donald Runnicles both to complement, and to strike sparks off, each other.

2 hours, 30 minutes


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


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