Sibelius is so concentrated and exact…

Posted on 4 Mar 2014

— Sir Simon Rattle

Sibelius is so concentrated and exact. With Sibelius you feel that if one drop touched your skin it would burn right through the bone. I am honoured to be able to celebrate also my own 60th birthday by conducting all his symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker both in Berlin and at the Barbican Hall, London in January–February 2015.

Sir Simon Rattle has been Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmoniker and Artistic Director of the Philharmonie Berlin since 2002. He achieved world fame at home in Britain as Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ever since childhood he has looked upon Sibelius as one of the greatest composers. He has recorded all Sibelius’s symphonies and many of his other orchestral works.