An Obvious Solution to the London Concert Hall Problem


When it was announced that Sir Simon Rattle will become conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017, there were suggestions of the need for a worthy concert hall for him and the orchestra. These suggestions attracted controversy, critics ranging from Julian Lloyd Webber (“an inappropriate use of funds”) to Timothy Walker (who wants it for his London Philharmonic and thinks it should not be in London).

One million pounds have already been spent on (more…)


How do non-musicians hear music? Fourth movement


EMI have issued a new recording of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra conducted by their music director, Sir Simon Rattle, in October 2007. A video introduction to this recording is posted on the internet on which Sir Simon makes what I think are incomplete assertions:

“…Finally in all his pieces, he [Mahler] found really the shape for the middle movements — what these two scherzos are… And in a way it’s very simple. I mean, they’re both very bitter, very sarcastic, very angry pieces.”

Ignoring the implied claim that (more…)