The Rattle Daily: He’s gone, the work continues

The Rattle Daily: He’s gone, the work continues


norman lebrecht

February 16, 2015

We understand that a leading PR firm has been commissioned to press the case for a new concert hall in the east of London. The LSO and Barbican are for it, as well as the broadsheet print media. But the political response has been total silence.

A full Rattle programme with the LSO is in place for next year. As pre-marital relationships go, this is pretty heavy petting:

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Jan 2016
Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande(semi-staged performance)
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director

Wed 13 Jan 2016
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Dutilleux L’arbre des songes
Delage Four Hindu Poems
Dutilleux Métaboles
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe –Suite No 2
Sir Simon Rattle conductor Leonidas Kavakos violin

Thu 14 Apr 2016
Messiaen Couleurs de la cité céleste
Bruckner Symphony No 8
Sir Simon Rattle conductor Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano

Sun 17 Apr 2016
Haydn The Seasons(sung in German)
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Sun 30 Jun 2016
Ives The Unanswered Question
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4
Rachmaninov Symphony No 2
Sir Simon Rattle conductor Krystian Zimerman piano




  • Anne says:

    Surprised that the Barbican is in favour. Surely it would lose out?

    Haven’t seen any detail so I must be missing something.

  • 2nd violinist says:

    Is it feasible that someone could put together a concept which completely gutted the current Barbican Hall to produce a top notch, acoustically stunning venue to satisfy the most demanding maestro?

    • Gerhard says:

      One should contact Horst Seehofer, the Ministerpräsident of Bavaria, who has just decided to do this very same thing to the Gasteig, Munich’s dysfunctional concert hall.