Christ on the Mount of Olives – MusicOMH ★★★★

The orchestra was joined by the London Symphony Chorus and soloists for a first-rate performance which Rattle, while squeezing intense emotion – as well as brilliantly controlled dynamic contrast – out of all the forces, didn’t allow to spill outside of its period sensibilities.

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Christ on the Mount of Olives – Classical Source

The present reading accordingly played to the work's strengths; an impressive and involving performance.

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Christ on the Mount of Olives – The Times ★★★★

... music controlled by Rattle with infinite care and the most delicate gradations in dynamics.

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Half Six Fix: Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony – Seen and Heard

The cheers at the end (and how quiet the audience had been until then) were testament to the emotions this piece in an exceptional performance can deliver.

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Beethoven & Berg - Evening Standard ★★★★★

The Allegro finale hurtled by in a whirl, executed with formidable precision, Rattle channelling the exuberance into an explosive conclusion that drew whoops of joy from the audience. Afterwards the auditorium was positively buzzing — and the Beethoven anniversary is barely underway.

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Shostakovich Ninth Symphony – Classical Source

The pompous and slightly threatening trombones at the start of the fourth movement were thrillingly played, and the mournful-then-wry solo bassoon was expertly characterised.

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Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – The Times ★★★★

The London Symphony Orchestra’s opening Beethoven 250 programme was a reminder of what it means to look afresh at music we think we know.

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Christ on the Mount of Olives – The Telegraph ★★★★

Rattle made us keenly aware of the moments of real originality, not least the overture, where stony trombone chords and distant percussive thuds summoning the awfulness of the scene were offset by moments of consolation.

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Christ on the Mount of Olives – Financial Times ★★★★

What Rattle made clear is that the music is full of life. It is hard to imagine this performance being bettered.

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Shostakovich Ninth Symphony – Bachtrack ★★★★

The Presto was frenzied and thrilling, before the energy leeched away and the brass sledgehammers heralded the emotional heart of the piece.

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Christ on the Mount of Olives – Bachtrack ★★★★

In the hands of Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s only oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives sparkled very brightly indeed.

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Christ on the Mount of Olives – Seen and Heard

Ensemble unity was exemplary in each and every section of the orchestra and chorus, furthermore between soloists and the larger forces. Beethoven and Berg were served to perfection.

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Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – Bachtrack ★★★★

For all his attention to the coruscating orchestral fabric Rattle kept a sense of pulse and direction that led the ear through those constantly shifting perspectives.

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