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Performer: Sir Simon Rattle

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LondonHalf Six Fix: Mahler

Mahler: Symphony no. 4 in G major
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Lucy Crowe

LondonRózsa and Bartók

Rózsa, Bartók
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Roman Simović

LondonHalf Six Fix: Concerto for Orchestra

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle
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LondonLSO on Stage: The Rite of Spring

London Symphony Orchestra
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle

LondonLSO on Stage: Ebony Concerto

London Symphony Orchestra
Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Christopher Richards

LondonLSO on Stage: Daphnis et Chloé Suite no. 2

London Symphony Orchestra
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé, orchestral suite no. 2
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle
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Masterwork and 'prentice piece from Tamestit, Rattle and the LSO

Hans Keller's mischievous essay on “Phoney Professions” lists  both viola players (“it’s just a big violin”) and conductors among its targets. This performance refuted that, as surely as it delighted everyone else.
****1
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Chimerical Rattle and the LSO excel in British music

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO open their 2021-22 season with an eclectic mix of British music that sees the orchestra at its most lustrous. 
*****
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Stravinsky symphonies: Rattle and the LSO's superb anniversary Prom

Were we to celebrate a great artist fifty years after his death with three misbegotten attempts at a form he never understood?
*****
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Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO lift the spirits at the EIF

An entertaining assortment of vignettes from Ibert, Martinů and Richard Strauss made for a delightful summer evening of music.

****1
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At the Festival d'Aix: to hear Tristan... and to die

The Festival d'Aix-en-Provence gives us a definitive performance of Wagner's opera – but for listening only.
***11
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A searing Serenade: Britten and Ginastera at the Berlin Philharmonie

The Berlin Philharmonic, reunited with its former chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, framed Britten’s Serenade, commandingly sung by tenor Andrew Staples, with two complementary sets of orchestral variations.
****1
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