Simon Rattle: Liverpool and London could be twins, compared to Munich and Berlin

norman lebrecht

September 18, 2023

The British conductor takes over this week as chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

From an inaugural interview with BR:

BR-KLASSIK: Are you already a little in love with Munich?

Simon Rattle: I’m just getting to know it better. Nobody would claim that there is one Germany. But I think there is almost nothing that could be more different than Munich and Berlin. There are of course differences between Liverpool, where I grew up, and the south of England, where I later lived. But there was nothing as extreme as Munich and Berlin. I think there’s so much going on beneath the surface that you have to slowly discover. I am really looking forward to this.

BR-KLASSIK: And have you already found a favorite meal here?

Simon Rattle: Let’s put it this way (squirms): So far I’ve only eaten Italian and Japanese in Munich (laughs).

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