Performer: Rattle, Sir Simon
Philharmonie “Late Night”
Philharmonie: Großer Saal, 25 April at 22:30
Henze: Requiem, 9 Sacred Concertos for piano solo trumpet concertante and large chamber orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle; Members of the Berlin Philharmonic; Gábor Tarköki; Ohad Ben-Ari
Philharmonie: Großer Saal, 26 April at 20:00
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle; Eva-Maria Westbroek; Lester Lynch; Thiago Arancam; Liang Li
OAE: Gamechangers - Creation
Royal Festival Hall, 6 May at 19:00
Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), Hob XXI:2
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Sir Simon Rattle; Susan Gritton; John Mark Ainsley; Peter Rose; Choir of the Enlightenment
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The Berliner Philharmoniker may be the world’s business-savviest orchestra. From the handsome program booklets printed on thick, color-rich stock (3€ instead of the customary 2€), to the Sony-sponsored Digital Concert Hall (where one can buy “tickets” to access past and present BP videos), even down to the gold trim on my ticket, this orchestra amply demonstrates its awareness of its rep
The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle came to Paris last weekend for an eclectic program: Mozart’s final three symphonies on Saturday night, and the decadence of Schoenberg, Berg and Stravinsky on Sunday afternoon.
High above the Salzach’s east bank towers the Hotel Sacher, and atop it for the last few days has been an unusual standard: the flag of Venezuela.
The Philadelphia Orchestra was visibly enjoying their evening at Carnegie Hall with Sir Simon Rattle, their frequent guest conductor who nearly became their music director. In a program of early modern classics and a perennial Beethoven favorite, energy and spirits were high and in good supply.
Programming is one of Simon Rattle’s fortes, and this was clearly evident her. Both works on the programme, Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time are large-scale oratorios dealing with difficult subject matter.