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Alpine Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Donald Runnicles

Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra return to the Festival with two transcendental evocations of nature and landscape, following last year’s memorable performance of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony.

Beethoven’s much-loved ‘Pastoral’ Symphony conveys the peace and happiness that the composer found in the natural world in music full of drama and wonder, complete with episodes describing a babbling brook, enchanting birdsong and a tumultuous storm.

It is a mountain tempest that Strauss portrays in his Alpine Symphony, a piece that charts a day’s climbing from the foreboding of night to its glorious vision from the summit. Written on a grand scale, and for an enormous orchestra including organ, a huge battery of percussion and an off-stage brass band, the Symphony summons a majestic vision that is the ideal canvas for Runnicles and his orchestra.

Alpine Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles Conductor

Beethoven Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’

Strauss Alpine Symphony

11 August 2012

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available in the spring.