Farewell, Sir Simon!
The Berliner bid farewell to their highly esteemed conductor.
Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
Sir Simon Rattle © Stephan Rabold
On 14 November 1987, a promising conductor made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony: Simon Rattle. In retrospect Rattle says, “I felt that I was finding my voice on that day.” Mahler’s multifaceted work is now again on the programme when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Philharmonie. The wheel comes full circle.
Having made his conducting debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1987, Sir Simon Rattle was appointed as Claudio Abbado‘s successor in 1999. On 7 September 2002, Sir Simon gave his first concert as the orchestra‘s chief conductor. Sixteen years later, an era is coming to an end. How will Sir Simon and the Berliner Philharmoniker shape the end of their era? The claims have been staked, most highs and lows of the relationship have been surpassed. It is the period of the greatest common denominator and the greatest serenity. „Echoing an Era „finds us amidst the part of the relationship that we will come to miss the most. This gives us the opportunity to comprehend which side of Sir Simon Rattle’s personality has come to define his time with the Berliner Philharmoniker the most.
The insightful documentary “Echoing an Era” summarizes the entire cooperation of the Berliner and Sir Simon and his last concert, Gustav Mahler’s 6th symphony, is the distilled essence of their artistic collaboration, so to speak.
TV Distribution by EuroArts.
English title Echoing an Era
English title Simon Rattle‘s Farewell from the Berlin Philharmonie / Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6
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