Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók
Photo: Oliver Helbig
With Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Simon Rattle conducts one of the most impressive works of the 20th century. The terminally ill composer, who fled to the USA to escape the National Socialists, presents himself here sometimes melancholically, sometimes sarcastically – and then again, quite surprisingly, releases youthful freshness, verve and joie de vivre. The concert opens with Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, in which he plays creatively and unconventionally with sounds, noises and language: a mysterious musical labyrinth.