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Berlin Philharmonic | Sir Simon Rattle

 30 August 2016 at 7.30pm 

Berlin Philharmonic | Sir Simon Rattle

Lucerne Festival

Berlin Philharmonic
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

“Gustav Mahler completely changed my life,” says Sir Simon Rattle. Indeed it was Mahler’s music that initially led him to the idea of pursuing a career on the podium. The 11- or 12-year-old Simon had his first inspiration in his native Liverpool when he heard a performance of the Second Symphony. “I had already realized that I wanted to become a musician, but this experience led me to become a conductor.” Mahler has been a constant companion throughout his career ever since – and will be a trustworthy star to light his way for his first Lucerne performance of this summer, when the Berlin Philharmonic plays the mighty Seventh Symphony. But for the opening Rattle has chosen “the one piece in the repertoire where the conductor himself has to play along”: Éclat by Pierre Boulez. This work consists of certain set passages and patterns from which the man (or woman) on the podium can freely select: the fingers are used to indicate a number that signifies to the 15 soloists which particular passages they should then play.

Pierre Boulez : Éclat” for Fifteen Instruments
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 7 in E minor

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