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Review: A Toronto Symphony Strauss to stir the soul

From The Toronto Star

By John Terauds

“Scottish maestro Donald Runnicles went out of his way to highlight the lyrical side of Brahms’ imagination. Runnicles’ tempos were downright luxurious at times, spotlighting his graceful turn with phrasing and letting the music breathe. The conductor let light and air suffuse the whole score.” (Brahms Symphony No. 3)

“Runnicles and the full-sized orchestra fully captured the transformative magic of the music…The musicians and their leader cast the spell and kept the audience in rapt silence right until the end. Soul-stirring moments such as these are what keep us coming back for more” (Strauss Death and Transfiguration)

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