Bartók & Bruckner – The Times

The adjustments continue: a gradual refinement of an already refined tone; experiments with the layout to lend a cleaner gleam and glow ... This is what an orchestra sounds like when every member is listening intently.
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Bartók & Bruckner – Classical Source

He may have come relatively late to Bruckner, but Simon Rattle has now conducted most of the later Symphonies and here tackled the Sixth (1881) which even some of this composer’s keenest advocates have avoided. The result proved to be a highlight of his LSO tenure so far.
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Sibelius, Hans Abrahamsen & Nielsen – Bachtrack

And then to crown this fine reading, the LSO at full throttle battled it out in the finale with two superb timpanists. As Nielsen himself said, “Music is life and, like it, inextinguishable”.
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Bartók & Bruckner – The Arts Desk

A deeply personal and emotionally complex reading, delivered to the highest standards by the LSO.
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Sibelius, Hans Abrahamsen & Nielsen – Evening Standard

[Sir Simon Rattle's] control of this organic single-movement structure was sovereign and the final resolution — on paper a mere semitonal step — potent.
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Bartók & Bruckner – Daily Telegraph

Rattle and the LSO had been at their considerable best in Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Right from the searching phrases of its opening, the strings played with yearning edge, retreating into eerie stillness at the first movement’s close.
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Sibelius, Hans Abrahamsen & Nielsen – Classical Source

Simon Rattle shaped the melodies of the opening with care and great breadth and it was clear that this would be an expansive reading; the rich tone of the LSO strengthening this impression.
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Sibelius, Hans Abrahamsen & Nielsen – The Times

Rattle roused the LSO to an intense performance, but overall there was more brain than brawn as he adroitly navigated the choppy waters and ultimately took us to the promised land.
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Sibelius, Hans Abrahamsen & Nielsen – The Arts Desk

With the London Symphony Orchestra often playing like some commanding and relentless force of nature, Sir Simon Rattle steered two mighty avalanches of Nordic sound into a concert of granitic authority last night.
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Sibelius, Hans Abrahamsen & Nielsen – Seen and Heard

In a mixture of broad sweeps and gestures of scalpel-like precision, Rattle used his baton to coax a dark opulence from the orchestra’s strings, and a delicate playfulness from the finely balanced ensemble of woodwind players.
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Sibelius, Hans Abrahamsen & Nielsen – The Guardian

... the energy of Nielsen’s symphonic writing still suits Rattle well and he responded to the Inextinguishable’s intensity and conflict with tremendous gusto, which the LSO conveyed with irresistible force.
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Half Six Fix: Abrahamsen & Sibelius – The Observer

It was brilliantly played, with Rattle the helmsman at his assured best. Look out for more of these Fixes. You could become addicted.
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Half Six Fix: Stravinsky, Golijov & Bernstein – Sunday Times

At the Barbican, the London Symphony Orchestra and their music director, Simon Rattle, have also been venturing beyond traditional formats, not removing themselves as far into the unknown as LCMF might like, but at any rate offering a new kind of Half Six Fix programme — hour-long concerts at that time, with informal introductions by Rattle (very engaging), programme notes available on phones, information projected on screens and “youthful appeal” to the fore.
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