2017/18 season opening concert – Bachtrack

Now that he’s finally back with us again, the British public is in for the most amazing future: we’re once again going to hear music like we’ve really never heard it before. This is Rattle.
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2017/18 season opening concert – The Observer

This was a rigorous, uplifting kick-off for the LSO’s Rattle years, with all to play for.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Classical Source

[Asyla] is a remarkable piece and was especially so here; Rattle led an urgent and intense account, revealing fully the music’s discombobulating eeriness, macabre marches and scathing trumpet tattoos.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Seen and Heard

The LSO played with tremendous commitment: one didn’t need to see the instrumentalists’ smiles to recognise the excitement and enthusiasm with which they are welcoming their new musical director.  This programme made enormous demands and they certainly rose to the occasion.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Financial Times

But it was in the following work, Oliver Knussen’s Symphony No 3, that we could most fully appreciate the finesse of the Rattle-meets-LSO machine. The work’s transparent textures and luminous orchestration could not have been served much better.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Thoroughly Good

Rattle began his formal public-facing relationship with the LSO with a bold statement of intent – a programme celebrating British composers that gives the UK concert scene a shot in the arm. A bold start to a new relationship a lot of us have considerable hopes pinned on.
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2017/18 season opening concert – The Arts Desk

In a time when there isn't much good news around, this exciting evening suggested that this potentially epochal combination of conductor and orchestra is at least one reason to be cheerful.
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2017/18 season opening concert – The Guardian

As a whole, though, the concert was hugely impressive; the start of this new era for the LSO could hardly have been more auspicious.
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2017/18 season opening concert – iNews

But Rattle’s master-stroke was to conclude with a performance of the Enigma Variations which had such visceral excitement that it felt absolutely new-minted. Welcome home, maestro.
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2017/18 season opening concert – The Times

As music-making, it was electrifying. In half a century I have rarely heard any orchestra so obviously relishing being challenged to the limit of its virtuosity, rapport and stamina. Whether stonking through the pounding techno-beats of Thomas Adès’s Asyla or bringing the provincial Victorian characters of Enigma vividly to life, the LSO responded to its new guv’nor like a Derby winner to a master jockey.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – The Spectator

It glittered with vivid orchestral detail, delivered with a flickering, quicksilver subtlety that placed Schoenberg in the same stylistic universe as two other Rattle touchstones: Parsifal and Debussy’s Pelléas.
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2017/18 season opening concert – Evening Standard

Oliver Knussen’s Symphony No. 3 positively teems with humanity. The amplitude and richness of the score was realised superbly by the LSO on top form under Rattle.
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Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the BBC Proms – The Times

Enlivened by the technical and interpretive challenge, the LSO players were tirelessly responsive to the gestures of their incoming music director.
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