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This Is Rattle (Blu-ray + DVD) – LSO Live

This is Rattle

  • Release date: 6 September 2019
    LSO3066 | 822231306696

    Blu-ray + DVD
    Double disc Blu-ray case

    Director: François-René Martin
    Audio Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
    Recorded live at Barbican Hall, London 14 September 2017

  • Orchestral Choice of the Month / ★★★★★
    ‘The dazzling panache of the LSO’s playing has you wondering all over again at the mesmerising range of options that Adès’s ear and technical command can summon…And Elgar’s Enigma Variations yet again sound as fresh as the day they were written: Rattle conjures a stellar orchestral response in each one, with the camera-work catching the players’ faces as they savour a score that truly offers something for all of them.’
    BBC Music Magazine

    Editor’s Choice
    ‘The ‘EDU’ finale receives an electric account and reception, and the film surely records a sign of things to come.’

    ‘The evening’s central offering is an apparently sensitive and brilliant account of Harrison Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto.’
    Classical Source

    ‘In exemplary surround sound and imaginatively shot and engineered, this portrait of the peerless London Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of Simon Rattle is as illuminating a snapshot of the orchestra itself and Rattle’s preoccupations as a musician that one is likely to find.’
    Classical CD Choice

    ‘The stereo recording is excellent, and Rattle is always a joy to watch, and the London Symphony is both precise and passionate... As a souvenir of Rattle’s inaugural concert as Music Director of the London Symphony, it’s a valuable release.’
    Audiophile Audition


Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra 

Sir Simon Rattle's arrival in London heralded a new era for the LSO, and the ten day festival that opened his inaugural season as the Orchestra's Music Director wowed critics and audiences alike, going on to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society award in the 'Concert Series & Festivals' category.

This film captures Rattle's very first performance as Music Director; a programme in which British composers took centre-stage. The world-premiere of Helen Grime's Fanfares, which became the first movement of the work Woven Space, opened the concert before violinist Christian Tetzlaff took to the stage to perform the concerto written for him in 2010 by Harrison Birtwistle. Two more works close to Rattle's heart followed: Thomas Adès' Asyla and the pocket-sized Symphony No 3 by the late Oliver Knussen. Finally, Rattle's stunning interpretation of the Enigma Variations brought the concert to a close and then the audience to its feet, filling the Barbican Hall with rapturous applause.

Composers   Helen Grime, Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen, Edward Elgar
Conductor   Sir Simon Rattle
Soloists   Christian Tetzlaff
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra


Chapter list
1. Grime: Fanfares
2. Birtwistle: Violin Concerto
3-6. Adès: Asyla 
7. Knussen: Symphony No 3
8-22. Elgar: Enigma Variations

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