Birmingham is the city that discovered Sir Simon Rattle, and 40 years on from his debut as principal conductor of the CBSO, it’s always a red letter day when he returns to the hall that he had built, in the city that’s still his true musical home. Today – thrillingly – he pairs Beethoven’s most explosive symphony with the lush, emotionally-supercharged music of Alban Berg. It’ll never sound better than it does here in Symphony Hall.
With the risk of sounding too over-excited, this is going to be an unforgettable concert. The combination of Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra with the music of Berg and Beethoven, in such a special and significant venue for Rattle, guarantees an electric atmosphere. Grab your ticket while you can!Recommended by Scala Radio