Following the Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno resignation playbook, British conductor Sir Simon Rattle is quitting the vaunted, mighty Berlin Philharmonic. In five years (2018).
The orchestra never sounds better than when under him, so, at least on musical grounds, it will be a sad day when he leaves. That said, Norman Lebrecht, the British blogger and classical music’s ‘inside man’, seems to know the real scuttlebutt. Yes, it is the orchestra members that want to make the change, not Rattle. Basically, he quit before they fired him. Reasons given by Lebrecht? Loss of prestigious recordings and festivals to other orchestras, namely Christian Thielemann and the Dresden Staatskapelle.