Sir Simon Rattle quits as Berlin Philharmoniker’s conductor. In 2018!

by Audiophilia on January 10, 2013 · 3 comments

in Audiophiles and Musicians, Misc

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.

Read more of Lebrecht’s blog here. But, first, read the Berlin Philharmonic’s statement.

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admin 01.10.13 at 11:38 am

The great saxophonist Paul Brodie once told me about the plight of conductors. ‘At first, it’s a honeymoon, and then they want to carve your intestines out with a spoon!’. lol

admin 01.10.13 at 11:44 am

More on the news.

Andrew R. Barnard 03.05.15 at 9:12 am

Norman Lebrecht doesn’t know anything, he just loves bashing Rattle. After his new London appointment, Norman gleefully screams any vitriol he can come up with, even if he has to make things up.

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