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Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Plays Mozart Requiem

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Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

This week's broadcast features Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, along with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, peforming Mozart’s ever-popular Requiem — the composer’s poignant and prescient anticipation of his own death.

Scottish composer John McLeod’s The Sun Dances is described as "a glowing, iridescent work inspired by an Easter folk legend from the West of Scotland." At the center of the program is Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, its muscular, structural elegance wound around a boisterous scherzo.

Program details:

John McLeod: The Sun Dances (London premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major
Mozart: Requiem in D minor (compl. Robert D. Levin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Ovenden, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
National Youth Choir of Scotland
Donald Runnicles, conductor