What a nice evening! We were celebrating London Sinfonietta 50th anniversary with a informal conversation with David Atherton, Nicholas Snowman and John Constable, founders of the London Sinfonietta presented by Fiona Maddocks and a short concert showcasing composers and works from the early years of the Sinfonietta programmes. The conversation was delightful. One hour full of stories and anecdotes about their early years, how they did things, how they had fun and how hard they worked championing contemporary music in context of the greatest works from the 20th century.
It took me longer than expected to write the review about last Saturday performance of Gurrelieder by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by its new principal conductor Simon Rattle. I had to think about it. Not only the performance but also the work, its meaning and its implications. Let’s go first with the actual performance of it. The orchestra playing was brutally brilliant: technical perfection and supreme discipline following Mr. Rattle indications.