Wednesday, March 4, 2015   

Simon Rattle takes the baton at London Symphony Orchestra
(03-03 19:29)

British conductor Simon Rattle is moving back to his home country as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra following news of his departure from the Berlin Philharmonic.
The 60-year-old will take up the baton at the LSO in 2017, the orchestra said today, following in the footsteps of those such as Andre Previn and Valery Gergiev.
Rattle, who has been chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, told the BBC last month that London lacks a concert hall with acoustics good enough for world-class performances.
Rattle said in a statement that he “cannot imagine a more inspiring way to spend my next years and feel immensely fortunate to have the LSO as my musical family and conspirators.’’
The LSO is the resident orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London, which Rattle described as merely “serviceable.’’—AFP
   
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