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Re: Rattle again!
Posted by Geoff Diggines on September 2, 2018, 8:50 am, in reply to "Re: Rattle again!
Of the many responses to my piece on Rattle Mr Dieter Barkhoff was by far the most interesting. He is quite right Rattle is largely ignored outside Britain. In Paris for example he is seen as something of a joke...a Brit thing conjured up by BBC Radio 3, who treat Rattle as a kind of deity. Comparisons with Brexit come to mind! I have found that one way of testing perceptions about conducting/and performance in general is to turn on the radio at random without any knowledge of the conductor/performers. I did this recently and tuned into the conclusion of act 0ne of Tristan. Who could be conducting here I wondered? I did not immediately think of Rattle because even he could do better than this!It was a mess orchestrally and vocally, almost as though the conductor had walked off stage. And Wagner is very precise in what he wants here and throughout the music drama, It turned out to be Rattle at the New York Met, who generally have very high standards re who they invite as guest conductor. Then the same thing happened with hearing a horribly lumpy performance of the wonderful 'waltz'from Thcaikovsky's Nut cracker. There was no grace or charm, everything was loud and bland. Rattle achieved something here in making the beautiful and musically elegant, sound loud and ugly. I used to be quite critical of Gergiev, especially when he was in charge of the LSO. But after hearing Rattle's bland, unidiomatic Ravel, I can only say, come back Valery, all is forgiven!
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