Notes & Reviews:
Hyperion is delighted to present Donald Runnicles, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in his début on the label. Runnicles commands his orchestra in Bruckner's most popular symphony - repertoire that is at the heart of his musical life, and in which he has few living equals. Recent concerts of the works of Bruckner and Wagner have received the highest critical praise, acknowledging the orchestra and their conductor as consummate performers of this music.
The Daily Telegraph
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has a great track record with conductor Daniel Runnicles...
Sunday Times, 23rd December 2012
The central European tradition of Bruckner interpretation is still bedevilled by inauthentic tempo changes and by ritardandos that clog the flow of the composer's mighty outpourings. One of the strengths of this resplendent account of the Seventh is its refusal to take any notice of such impertinences.
BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
Runnicles's debut recording for Hyperion is a very impressive achievement. He has established a strong rapport with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, inspiring them to deliver playing of great refinement and emulating the burnished tones that are more often associated with Central European orchestras...Highly recommended.
Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
The defining character of [Runnicles's] Bruckner on this showing is the singing fluency of the line. Everything has shape and purpose and a naturalness of phrasing...Those who favour a grander, more expansive, more monolithic approach to this music may find the scale of Runnicles's reading a shade diminishing. But be in no doubt that it is thoughtful and radiant and and eminently musical.
American Record Guide, May/June 2013
In his hands the orchestra is a remarkably fine group. The Bruckner is very nicely played, with winds and brass in good shape and balance. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (05/08/2012-05/09/2012).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
- Conductor: Donald Runnicles
- Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (05/08/2012-05/09/2012)
- Running Time: 59 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1881-1883