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BBC Proms: Martinpelto, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Runnicles/ Tallis Scholars | reviews, news & interviews

BBC Proms: Martinpelto, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Runnicles/ Tallis Scholars

BBC Proms: Martinpelto, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Runnicles/ Tallis Scholars

A new British concerto, Viennese balm and late-night Spanish Baroque

Donald Runnicles: 'You can tell he is a Wagner man'

Leonard Tanner, my old choirmaster, used to say that Brahms was a composer with his feet in three different camps: the Baroque period, the Classical period, and the Romantic. Possibly he had a fourth leg too, poking into the music of the future. Composers adept at these multiple postures filled Thursday’s sometimes lustrous orchestral Prom given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Donald Runnicles. Brahms was represented of course (the Second Symphony); also the great nostalgist Richard Strauss, watering his old age and the wasteland of defeated Germany with his Four Last Songs.

Leonard Tanner, my old choirmaster, used to say that Brahms was a composer with his feet in three different camps: the Baroque period, the Classical period, and the Romantic. Possibly he had a fourth leg too, poking into the music of the future. Composers adept at these multiple postures filled Thursday’s sometimes lustrous orchestral Prom given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Donald Runnicles. Brahms was represented of course (the Second Symphony); also the great nostalgist Richard Strauss, watering his old age and the wasteland of defeated Germany with his Four Last Songs.

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