Mozart Sinfoniaconcertante, k.364 (c.32 mins)

Beethoven Symphony no.9 ‘Choral’ (c.68 mins)

 

Laura Samuel violin

Scott Dickinson viola

Angela Meade soprano

Elizabeth Bishop mezzo-soprano

Stuart Skelton tenor

Marko Mimica bass-baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Christopher Bell chorus master

Donald Runnicles conductor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A special occasion calls for a very special concert – and from the epic tragedy of its opening to its transcendent final Hymn to Joy, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has long been classical music’s supreme act of celebration. So what better way for the BBC SSO to toast Donald Runnicles’ 60th birthday than with the work at the very centre of his beloved German Romantic tradition? First, though, two of the orchestra’s principal players begin the festivities with one of the few pieces that can truly look Beethoven in the eye: Mozart’s SinfoniaConcertante, music of sublime grandeur and heart-rending beauty.

Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room

Donald Runnicles in conversation.

There will be no coda after this concert.