Fiona Maddocks of the Observer sat across the aisle from me, two rows back. We saw the same concert, heard the same notes, formed different opinions.
Loud applause greeted Rattle at the start, a standing ovation at the end. He encouraged no gimmicks. A modest bow, a broad grin, then he raised his baton and got on with it. An all-British programme of quixotic and trepidatious variety launched This Is Rattle, an 11-day festival of 31 events celebrating his arrival. These include concerts programmed by composers to whom he has a particular loyalty….
This was a rigorous, uplifting kick-off for the LSO’s Rattle years, with all to play for.