At the heart of German music, however, Rattle’s innovations raised eyebrows among those who put an absolute premium on the core repertoire of Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner. Rattle’s retort has been straightforward: to play both the Germanic and other repertoires with insight, vigour and passion that amounts to genius. Wagner on period instruments, Rameau and French baroque, the Czech and Russian masters, Viennese modernists and contemporary premieres inspired by them – and of course “his” Sibelius. When he brought the Berliners to Liverpool in 2008, he played not what was expected of the Germans, but Turangalia, for old time’s sake. … [Read more...] about Simon Rattle: will the maestro return home?
Visually and aurally, the production draws on a number of traditions. The fly-whisk brandished by Andoh’s Richard evokes memories of African presidents, the frequent prostration before power has echoes of the far east, the harmonium-like shruti box that is part of the musical accompaniment derives from India. … [Read more...] about Richard II review – women of colour’s blazing show reflects our current chaos