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Who's been sitting on my bench?

March 22, 2007 by Norman Lebrecht

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Reading my review today of the new Simon Rattle release, the editor of Opera magazine John Allison spots an alarming similarity between Rattle’s cover and Christian Thielemann’s for the Schumann third symphony.
Compare and contrast.
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Is there only one park bench in the whole of Berlin? Is Rattle trying to snuggle up to the man that many Germans see as the next Karajan? Did they both visit the same corner-shop photographer with the dated background? Or was Rattle simply photoshopped into the scene?
Someone, somewhere, needs to come clean on this.


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