Wagner - Siegfried Idyll (18 mins)
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 in C minor (80 mins)
(ed. Nowak, 1955)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, Conductor
In their first appearance this season, Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra present two works by composers for whom he has a particular affinity. Wagner’s gift to his wife, Cosima, is presented in its pared down original orchestration, much as she would have heard it that Christmas morning in 1870.
The Royal Albert Hall is an ideal venue for Bruckner’s symphonic revelations. The Eighth Symphony, arguably the greatest of them all, remains a huge and glorious challenge.