In the first of four specially recorded programmes from the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, tonight a chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor, Donald Runnicles.
In the opening concert of this year's festival, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, celebrating 50 years, is featured in music by Brahms: three lyrical choral works with orchestra - Gesang der Parzen, Liebeslieder Waltzes and Schicksalslied.
And the concert continues with more Romanticism. A work which pushes orchestral performers as far as it does the narrative possibilities of tone-poem writing: Strauss's paean to an idealised hero, Ein Heldenleben.
Presented by Jamie MacDougall
Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Brahms: Gesang der Parzen
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Edinburgh Festival Chorus (chorus master Christopher Bell)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor.