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BBC SSO 2017/18: Runnicles Conducts 'Symphonie Fantastique'
The Glasgow Series 2017/18
Nothing in music quite compares to the
sensational, opium-fuelled spectacular that is
Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Born from
unrequited desire, and sweeping from pastoral
love-scenes to a witches’ Sabbath, it continues to
dazzle the ear. Donald Runnicles, the BBC SSO’s
Conductor Emeritus, is a master of musical drama;
he won’t hold back, any more than he’ll ignore
the darkness that swirls beneath the sumptuous
surface of Ravel’s La Valse. And he rejoins Scottish
pianist Steven Osborne in Beethoven’s most personal
– and poetic – piano concerto: music that asks as
many questions as it answers.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Peter Nelson, from the University of Edinburgh,
introduces the concert.