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Friday, November 20, 2009

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic return to Boston



 

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in a program of Brahms and Schoenberg came to Symphony Hall, Boston, on Sunday, November 15, 2009.
Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

David Weininger of the Boston Globe quotes Sir Simon Rattle regarding our Symphony Hall: "That is the greatest hall in America - there is no doubt,’’ he says. “It has a kind of mystery in the sound. And it has a way of encouraging you, when you’re on stage, to give your best. You feel, now I can take this risk. I can do something more extraordinary, I can play quieter." 

Sir Rattle is happy to be reconnecting with Boston. He treasures fond memories of the orchestra - “I had the best time there, I tell you - and especially of Symphony Hall." He found the November 19, 2007, concert featuring György Kurtág's Stele, Opus 33 and Ben Heppner-tenor and Thomas Quasthoff-bass-baritone in Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde so satisfying that “all of us in Berlin felt, we have to play there again."
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Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe gives a review of Sunday's, November 15, performance of selections from Brahms and Schoenberg.
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