It all started with Mahler. Aged 11, Rattle went to see a performance of the Second Symphony in Liverpool, conducted by George Hurst – and that, he says, “is where the seed was sown”. This has become one of Rattle's signature pieces so it’s hardly surprising that this towering, turbulent work will conclude his residency in London with the Berlin Philharmonic, between 10 and 15 February 2015.
The residency marks Rattle’s 60th birthday, and the programme will be made up of works that are particularly close to his heart. Alongside the Mahler – which will feature the soprano Kate Royal and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena (Rattle’s wife) – he’ll be performing a complete cycle of Sibelius’s seven symphonies, to honour the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. Sibelius has long been out of favour in Germany, and Rattle has taken on the challenge of reviving his reputation there (before his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic, the orchestra had never played the Third Symphony ). Rattle is known, too, for his championing of modern composers, and the programme will also include the work of Helmut Lachenmann, a pioneer of “musique concrète instrumentale”.
|What||Simon Rattle Residency, Southbank Centre and the Barbican|
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
10 Feb 15 – 15 Feb 15, 12:00 AM
|Price||£25 - £95|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book via the Southbank Centre|