Mahler Symphony No 9 (Santander International Festival) – Mundo Clasico

Atrás, en un pasado ya insondable, quedaba un Andante inicial expuesto en todas sus contradicciones, sombras e incertidumbres, borrados por el posterior devenir de la composición y por la magnética energía de un maestro tan intenso y preciso como Simon Rattle. Gracias, maestro, por semejante Novena, y gracias al Festival de Santander por un programa que, como este, marca la diferencia en un contexto sin apenas diferencias.
[Translation] Back, in an already unfathomable past, there was an initial Andante exposed in all its contradictions, shadows and uncertainties, erased by the subsequent evolution of the composition and by the magnetic energy of a master as intense and precise as Simon Rattle. Thank you, teacher, for such a Novena, and thanks to the Santander Festival for a program that, like this one, makes a difference in a context with hardly any differences.
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – The Independent

To tell these musical tales well is to take them absolutely seriously; to tell them best, as Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra did here in their all-Ravel Prom, is to persuade your audience to do the same.
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – Classical Source

The rendering of Mother Goose (like Monteux, Rattle opted for the complete ballet version rather than the more usual five-movement Suite) was magnificent in its way, luminous and unhurried, packed with gorgeous solos and well-scrubbed textures
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – Seen and Heard

The London Symphony Chorus sang with rich character, and throughout the evening the LSO played with the artistry and virtuosity that we now take for granted.
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – Opera Today

Rattle’s ability to shine a gentle light between the gossamer layers of Ravel’s orchestral scores, delicately illuminating the shifting tone colours, subtle melodic utterances and splashes of brightness was evident from the first few bars of the ‘Prélude’ to Ravel’s Ma M ère l’Oye, as the silky unfolding of the paired flutes and bassoon hinted at the wide span of the imaginative world which Rattle brought quietly but purposefully to life
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – Financial Times

Rattle and the LSO created a jewel box of glinting wind solos on a velvet string cushion. Ravel’s magic box of miniatures should not work in a gigantic hall like this, but it did.
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – Broadway World

Under Rattle's baton, the orchestra's unorthodox usage of instrumental texture and reliance on jarring percussion - including a wind machine and a cheese grater - effuses fresh waves of mischief.
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – The Times

No such problems for Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, who produced subtle, beautiful and utterly beguiling sounds in their all-Ravel Prom.
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – Bachtrack

There was beauty from the outset as the orchestra spun Ravel’s Prélude out of clouds and memory, and the controlled delicacy of the virtuosic playing was a miracle of sostenuto.
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Ravel at the BBC Proms – The Guardian

The LSO played all three works exquisitely, with all the shifts in colour immaculately teased out.
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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Santander International Festival) – Bachtrack

Rattle vive con los músicos de la London Symphony un auténtico romance. Este se reflejó tanto en la milagrosa intensidad y perfección de la interpretación como en las mutuas muestras de gratitud y afecto al final.
[Translation] Rattle lives with the musicians of the London Symphony an authentic romance. This was reflected both in the miraculous intensity and perfection of the interpretation and in the mutual signs of gratitude and affection in the end.
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Dvorák, Janácek & Ravel (Santander International Festival) – Bachtrack

El impetuoso arranque de la primera danza, a modo de straussiano galop, fue trazado a la perfección por la orquesta, la cual exhibió un sonido brillante y pleno de carácter, pero al mismo tiempo dio una lección de ductilidad en un trío repleto de incontables sutilezas.
[Translation] The impetuous start of the first dance, in the style of a Straussian galop, it was drawn to perfection by the orchestra, which exhibited a brilliant sound and full of character, but at the same time it gave a lesson of ductility in a trio full of countless subtleties.
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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Santander International Festival) – Platea Magazine

Todos los instrumentistas en infinidad de pequeñas células solistas supieron estar a la altura –apenas soy capaz de recordar una solitaria nota dudosa- además de ser capaces de producir un sonido en piano de calidad indudable.
[Translation] All the instrumentalists in infinity of small solista cells knew to be to the height - I am hardly able to remember a solitary doubtful note - besides being able to produce a sound in piano of undoubted quality.
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