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‘Help us or LSO fails’: Sir Simon Rattle’s plea over Covid and Brexit

Sir Simon Rattle and his top team at the London Symphony Orchestra have appealed for government support to help them survive the difficulties created by Brexit and Covid. The orchestra depended on international touring – much of it in Europe – for 40% of its revenue before the coronavirus, with tours cancelled by the pandemic.
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‘We need joy … and an audience’: The return of Simon Rattle and the LSO

The musicians arrange themselves – distanced, mostly masked – on the stage the London Symphony Orchestra has called home for 40 years, but from which it hasn’t played for 14 pandemic months. After all this time without live music, just the sound of tuning up sends a shiver down the spine.
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RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 – Sir Simon Rattle/London Symphony Orchestra – LSO

RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 – London Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Simon Rattle – LSO DSD LS00851 (3/19/21) 58:50 [Distr.] ****:. The rendering of Rachmaninoff’s 1908 Second Symphony in E Minor, in its uncut edition, is a pleasure that came to me first by Kurt Sanderling in Leningrad (only slightly edited) and then in full glory with Leonard Slatkin from St. Louis. The music, driven by its opening motif, set as Largo – Allegro moderato, virtually inhabits the entire score, laden with nostalgia. Here, live from the Barbican Centre (18-19 September 2019), Sir Simon Rattle invokes the music’s colorful energies, infused by such touches as the English horn, tuba, bass clarinet, and lush work from the divided string choirs.
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Antonio Pappano to replace Simon Rattle at London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Antonio Pappano is to step down as music director of the Royal Opera House to succeed Sir Simon Rattle as chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Pappano has been at Covent Garden since 2002, the opera house’s longest-serving music director. He said his new job, beginning in...

Sir Simon Rattle released from Test and Trace isolation just in time for concert

Timing is everything for a conductor, and being forced to self-isolate less than 24 hours before he was due to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra was the worst timing possible for Sir Simon Rattle. The musical director of the orchestra flew from his home in Germany especially to conduct an...

VC LIVE | BR-KLASSIK Presents Bavarian Radio Symphony With Simon Rattle

We’re coming to you live from Munich with conductor Simon Rattle and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1949, the ensemble is based in Munich, Germany. Sir Simon Rattle signed a five-year contract as Chief Conductor of the orchestra starting January 2021. You can view the stream here:
The Guardian

No Simon Rattle, and no new concert hall for London ... but we will survive

Realism has prevailed. The City of London Corporation has zipped the cash back into its roomy pockets and cancelled the proposed £288m Centre for Music. No one is surprised. To proceed after this past year would have been folly. Simon Rattle, as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra and...

Plans for £288m concert hall championed by Sir Simon Rattle scrapped

Plans for a £288 million London concert hall championed by Sir Simon Rattle have been scrapped. The Centre for Music was first proposed as a home for the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in 2015 when Britain’s preeminent conductor was announced as director of the ensemble. But just one month after...
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Is Simon Rattle leading a baton Brexodus?

In the first month of Brexit, two British orchestras were publicly beheaded. The London Symphony Orchestra was shocked to discover that its music director, Sir Simon Rattle, had taken a better job in Munich, while the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was forced to accept that its luminous Lithuanian, Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, was simply too hot to hold any longer. Some pundits quickly predicted a post-Brexit talent haemorrhage.

Simon Rattle, Leonidas Kavakos and the LSO, plus the best of January’s classical concerts

London Symphony Orchestra, LSO St Luke’s ★★★★☆. Every critic has their blind spots, and for me Schubert’s final symphony, his Ninth, is one. The piece’s nickname, “Great”, is practically a command to accept its masterpiece status, but the work’s enormous length seems anything but heavenly. All that parade-ground pomposity, all those repetitions, and that endless tiddley-pom, tiddley-pom rhythm in the strings in the finale – it’s the musical equivalent of the brainfever bird’s maddening call.
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Simon Rattle decries Brexit as he applies for German citizenship

The conductor Simon Rattle, who announced this week that he was cutting short his tenure at Britain’s leading orchestra to return to Germany, has applied for German citizenship after Brexit. The Liverpool-born musician lamented the barriers thrown up by Britain’s departure from the European Union to the careers of young...
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Just in: Sir Simon Rattle becomes German citizen

Bavarian Radio’s new chief conductor has announced at a press conference that he’s becoming a German. He never bothered to do that while with the Berlin Phil. He will, however, keep his British passport.
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Simon Rattle is leaving London. Is this a taste of the capital's future?

In 2002, the streets of Berlin were hung with banners reading, “Welcome, Sir Simon!” It was the year Simon Rattle took up his job as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. This was big news in the UK, too: he was our lad, a proper scouser. As a young man he had made the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra glitter like something magical, and now he was going to take on the most celebrated orchestra in the world. It was like when Gareth Bale was swept off by Real Madrid. The Sun ran a rapturous editorial.

Who might be in the running to replace Sir Simon Rattle at the London Symphony Orchestra?

Who might the LSO call up for orchestral music’s top job? Let’s take a look at some of the considerable conductor talent out there. On Monday came the headline-splashing news that star maestro Sir Simon Rattle had renewed his contract in London until 2023, when he will then take up the role of chief conductor at Munich’s Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Sir Simon Rattle Appointed New Chief Conductor of Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Celebrated conductor Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed the new Chief Conductor of the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Rattle will begin his five-year tenure in 2023. The famed conductor served as the Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker until 2018, and currently holds the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.
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Conductor Simon Rattle to leave London post for Munich

LONDON (AP) — Simon Rattle is set to leave his job as musical director at the London Symphony Orchestra to lead the Munich-based Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the two organizations said Monday. Rattle, one of the world’s most acclaimed conductors, will become the German orchestra’s chief conductor in 2023. He...