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Re: Rattle again!
Posted by Dieter Barkhoff on August 30, 2018, 8:54 am, in reply to "Re: Rattle again!
I have not seen the BBC programme but as a long time music lover I do have some observations about your Sir Simon Rattle. The first is that Sir Simon is mainly loved in Britain. I have read reports from Berlin where apparently the love for Sir Simon evaporated a long time ago - Van magazine is one source. I also am well aware - I subscribe to Fanfare - that many, shall we say? critics in the USA are totally perplexed by the adulation of Sir Simon in other parts of the english speaking world. From my point of view, having bought many performances - mainly in the form of those EMI boxed collations - I am very very not impressed. I always use his Nielsen En Sagadrom recording as my proof of pudding primary evidence. There is no drama, no tension, in this performance, just a portrayal of the notes. Blomstedt turns this into a tight drama with a wonderful climax. My second piece of evidence is the shambolic Mahler set. I played very note of this set on a long car journey a few years ago and the further I got the more amazed I became that these recordings are taken seriously. What I hear is a series of highlighted episodes and I always have this vision of Sir Simon conducting one of these symphonies, making a very weighted 'highlight' section, then turning to the audience and smiling as if to say, Did you get that? How clever am I, how clever am I.
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Rattle again! - Geoff Diggines August 27, 2018, 11:46 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Ford August 28, 2018, 2:53 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Colin Mackie August 28, 2018, 5:30 pm
- Re: Rattle again! - Geoff Diggines August 30, 2018, 8:31 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Dieter Barkhoff August 30, 2018, 8:54 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Marc September 4, 2018, 8:28 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Dieter Barkhoff November 1, 2018, 2:50 am
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