Rattle leaves Berlin with a British tenor in residence

Announcing his final season this morning as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle ran through some of his desert island repertoire and artists by way of farewell.

One of them, the tenor Mark Padmore, will be artist in residence across six concerts through the season.

Rattle also let it be known that one of his innovations – late night concerts – are being discontinued, for reasons he could not specify. He will play the series out as pianist in Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

Full programme here.

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    Janowski with Pfitzner and Bruckner,
    Gatti with Hindemith and Brahms.

    Showers of blessing, indeed.

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