Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch.

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 2018 programme is now available to browse online. Click on What's On from the menu to see the full programme.

You might also be interested in

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Plays Debussy, Ravel & Stravinsky

The CBSO performs heady works from Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy, conducted by Ludovic Morlot.

17 August 2018

James Ehnes & Steven Osborne

Play Brahms, Ravel, Debussy & Prokofiev

Two of today’s most respected soloists perform a sumptuous recital of Brahms, Ravel, Debussy & Prokofiev.

23 August 2018

National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Plays Copland & Vaughan Williams

Jonathan Darlington conducts Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring and Vaughan Williams’ Third Symphony, along with a new work from Canadian composer John Estacio.

14 August 2018

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 2

A Bernstein celebration

Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are joined by Nicola Benedetti to celebrate Leonard Bernstein on the centenary of his birth.

25 August 2018