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LSO/Rattle review - volatile, politically charged Berg and Beethoven

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Barbican, London
Moments of insecurity made Beethoven's Ninth feel fiercely relevant, with the Ode to Joy theme held to a hush, while soprano Iwona Sobotka soared When Schiller addressed his Ode to Joy to “you millions” rather than the privileged few, he made it political. Beethoven's setting of it as the last movement of his Ninth Symphony has always been so, even if to Europeans it feels more politically charged now than ever before. It should always feel radical in a live performance, and that's what Simon Rattle achieved here with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. One was never...
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