Simon Rattle finds  a new US outlet

Simon Rattle finds a new US outlet


norman lebrecht

August 11, 2020

The enterprising conductor and his wife Magdalena Kožená will broadcast a live concert from Brno in the Czech Republic this Thursday.

Kino Scala, Aerofilms and the US company PARMA Recordings will broadcast the recital live from 9pm in the courtyard of the Governor’s Palace.

Link here.

Kozena says: ‘The atmosphere of a home concert in the unique environment of Villa Tugendhat, which is also taking place in my hometown, charges the whole performance with strong emotions. I included in the program songs that accompanied me while studying at the conservatory, and many of them include folk melodies or lyrics. I have the most intimate relationship with them, because they not only reflect the enormous wealth of folk creativity of our region, of which I am rightly proud, but they also remind me of the happy moments of my childhood and youth.’



  • Nono says:

    Her major qualification is that she married Simon Rattle. I should be interested in a concert by somebody’s wife? Please.

    • Hedda Lettuce says:

      Stupid thing to say. She is a first rate artist. Try not to be so tiresome next time you post.

    • Robert Roy says:

      Nonsense! She was regarded as a top class artist long before she met Sir Simon.

    • Charles Grimes says:

      And your major qualification is what? Why should I or anyone else on SD be interested in what you have to say?

    • Greg Bottini says:

      I think Rattle’s major qualification is that he married Magdalena Kožená.
      She is a special and unique artist. Rattle is…. not.

      • Ellingtonia says:

        Perhaps you could publish a list of your conducting engagements in the last 12 months so that we can assess the veracity and value of your statement.

        • Greg Bottini says:

          Afraid to use your real name, so you adopt the name of a *truly* great musician? Pathetic.
          Not that it’s any of your business, but:
          1) I can attest to the “veracity” of my statement because I wrote it. It is merely my personal opinion. It is not based on any quantifiable facts.
          2) As to its “value”, it doubtless has value to no one but myself. However:
          3) I am a former professional classical musician, and was for nearly 40 years.
          What are *your* musical bona fides? Ticket buyer and blatherer, perhaps?

  • MacroV says:

    Good for them. Gotta find ways to make music under current constraints. For those who don’t know, Villa Tugendhat is a Mies van der Rohe building.

  • Alviano says:

    The Vila Tugendhat is not the “Governor’s Palace,” but rather a private house designed by Mies van der Rohe for Fritz und Greta Tugendhat. It was built 1928-1930.

    (I doubt I will be the only one to post this information)

  • Henry williams says:

    It seems the wife is the boss. This must be an old photo.

  • Gustavo says:

    Wer gute Tugend hat…

  • David Marecek says:

    Alviano is right. Villa Tugendhat is a classified UNESCO world heritage building. A magnificent house with stunning views of Brno. The concert will take place in the famous “Glass Room” from Simon Mawer’s novel (2009). They will play a very intimate selection of songs by Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu, Schulhoff and Eben. 60 minutes of musical delight in an extraordinary venue…

  • E says:

    The program is interesting, the building is interesting, and it is not often that one gets to hear Sir Simon at the piano.

  • E says:

    This note is for those who were not able to access the video made by PARMA. Kozena sang a similar program in Aix in June, and it is online
    (arte: youtube). “Chansons de Bilitis” is not on the program in Brno. Fauré’s “Le Sécret” was offered as an encore. She noted at the end that the Dvorak has not been recorded at all, that she found no trace of it, and that the Martinù songs were written while he was in exile in the United States, homesick.
    This will not replace all that is special in her singing in the city where she was born.