New Music Britain - The Guardian

'One of the many things we are going to miss about Simon Rattle when he leaves his post as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2023 (to be replaced by Pappano) is his unerring ability to make musical connections, to show us the golden thread that links music across the ages.'

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Ondřej Adámek & Beethoven - The Times

‘The orchestra, meanwhile, becomes a giant echo chamber, latching on to her phrases and turning them into volcanic flares of sound, many produced by using conventional instruments in highly unconventional ways.’

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BBC Proms – Bachtrack

'The LSO’s tremendous, yet disciplined, energy, and that delightfully vulgar added sixth final chord, provoked the familiar Prommers’ cheer, rarely more deserved.'
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New Music Britain - inews

'The LSO are back, and the party’s just getting started.'

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BBC Proms – Daily Telegraph

'Conductor and orchestra were at one as they drove the restless, relentless finale towards an exciting conclusion.'
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New Music Britain - The Times

‘Bugle calls and a soprano’s vocalise floated across landscapes of poignant, almost hurtful beauty, fresh in the composer’s mind from his experiences with the Field Ambulance service in the First World War. Rattle dug into this masterpiece with due sensitivity and care.’

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BBC Proms – The Guardian

'Rhythmically, it couldn’t have been tighter. But towards the end Rattle made a single, extravagant sweep of his baton and the answering, passionately lyrical flowering in the violins allowed a precious glimpse of a different musical world. This was an energetic, committed performance.'
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New Music Britain - The Telegraph

‘A brand-new piece adds an extra frisson to an opening night, and it duly arrived in the shape of Julian Anderson’s Exiles, which received a partial premiere of two of its three parts.’

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BBC Proms – Evening Standard

'Rattle knows when to allow the brass to play raucous, and again, rhythms were forcefully punched out, but throughout, he ensured that even the densest textures were cleanly set before us. He has two more seasons as the orchestra’s chief conductor; they remain a team at the top of their game.'
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New Music Britain - Bachtrack

'The orchestra really let their hair down and bagpiper Robert Jordan, in full regalia, walking through the audience at the end, rounded off this most enjoyable evening with a wheezy bang.'

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BBC Proms – MusicOMH

'The lower string sound in the second movement was also particularly fine, but the performance’s real achievement was to combine the utmost clarity in sound on the one hand with an ability to blend the forces on the other.'
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New Music Britain - The Guardian

'On the podium, Simon Rattle grinned; the audience giggled at Max’s musical jokes.'

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BBC Proms – The Times

'In pieces with sometimes paper-thin sonorities the LSO’s balance was brilliantly tight. The winds — they were having a big night — excelled, especially Juliana Koch’s bright-toned oboe.'
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