Everyday Rather Live in Classic Eras

Simon Rattle conducting the OAE in rehearsals at the Royal Festival Hall

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Mozart’s Symphonies 39, 40 and 41, formed the programme for Simon Rattle’s concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, wiith this Rattle fever in the air, a Festival Hall concert that on paper seemed routine was a life-enhancing event lit up by musical revelation. Beginning on a high with No 39 in E flat, each of these symphonies is greater than the last. That was true of the OAE’s playing too. They started well and grew ever better. Rattle is one of their principal artists. They have a long association, which shows. That said, from the seat I was in (my fault for booking late) I couldn’t see him at all unless I sat on the edge of my seat. Luckily that was where I wanted to be throughout.