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).