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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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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Birmingham Symphony Hall: Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – The Arts Desk ★★★★

Every note in every ornament was audible, with a keen, biting precision from each player, the symphony was as flawless any listener could ever hope to hear.

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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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Nathalie Stutzmann: Brahms Symphony No 1 – The Arts Desk ★★★★

 The LSO woodwind and horns shone darkly, and we concluded in both serenity and splendour.

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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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Nathalie Stutzmann: Brahms Symphony No 1 – Classical Source

What emerged in the first movement ... was a lean and muscular sound, the brisk basic pulse taking the argument forward with clear-eyed determination.

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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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The Miraculous Mandarin – Bachtrack ★★★★

At once visceral and disciplined, (Roth) drew scintillating playing from each section...

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Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – Classical Source

This was a finely prepared and often gripping account which warranted the enthusiastic reception it received.

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Elgar, Tippett & Vaughan Williams – The Sunday Times

The celebratory energy of Tippett’s writing shone forth. Here, truly, was dynamic rhythm — not a matter of assertion or aggression, but of spiritual grace.

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Birmingham Symphony Hall: Sir Simon Rattle: Berg & Beethoven – Midlands Music Reviews ★★★★★

A reconstruction of Berg's uncompleted Passacaglia led directly into the fascinating soundworld of the Three Pieces. Imagery, colour and rhythmic pungency were conveyed grippingly in Rattle's patiently built reading.

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The Miraculous Mandarin – Seen and Heard

Under [Roth's] guidance, the LSO’s delivery of the score was truly miraculous.

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