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Posted by Geoff Diggines on February 16, 2017, 10:10 am
I had the misfortune of hearing/listening on radio to a review of Rattle conducting the four Brahms symphonies from 'live concert' transferred on to vinyl discs. Most of the beautiful Poco allegretto,from the Third Symphony was played. I couldn't believe this was the Berlin Philharmonic!So dull was the playing! I heard nothing of graceful melodic lilt here, with Rattle everything dragged, with no sense of contrast and forward movement. Then, the great Pasacaglia from the last movement of the Fourth Symphony, a test for any conductor. Here Rattle had no sense of the specific and contrasting dynamics, with sloppy rhythms and messy ensemble, with no idea/projection of the movements amazing, almost baroque, structure - similar to a dreadful Mahler 7 with the same orchestra from last years Proms, with all manner of rostrum antics from Rattle, and a similar lack in ensemble and grasp of overall symphonic structure. But then it was announced (you couldn't make this up) that for this vinyl product you would have to pay somewhere in the region of £450.00! Just think, superb performances on CD, from master conductors like Toscanini, Klemperer and Furtwangler, are available at around £ 5 to £9! The disparity here between price and quality should be entered in the Guiness Book of Records!
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