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Henry Fogel
Fanfare, March 2013

The Grieg Concerto receives just such a lyrical performance, one that emphasizes its songful nature without shortchanging the drama of the piece. Overall, this is a lovely and exciting performance…

Throughout, Rattle’s conducting is a model of trusting the orchestra. At the same time, he clearly communicates the kind of sound he wants, and he appears to be having great fun with his orchestra. And what an orchestra it is! These are musicians who really do work as an ensemble, and one sees it and hears it throughout.

Fans of the conductor and this orchestra, clearly one of the world’s greatest, will enjoy it…It is certainly a valuable documentary of the musical working relationship between Rattle and the BPO after 10 years. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, December 2012

Kissin and Rattle headline New Year’s Eve at the Philharmonie

Rattle, Kissin, the Berlin Phil, New Year’s Eve: a delightful prospect…Two of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, which bookend the gala, the Brahms Hungarian Dance and Stravinsky’s ‘Infernal Dance’ are played with irresistible panache. Alborado del gracioso, that showcase of orchestral colour and virtuosity, is lovingly detailed…

Then there’s Grieg. The playing of the Berliner’s first oboe in the Symphonic Dance is a thing of delicious beauty. © 2012 Gramophone

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, November 2012

Dances & Dreams from the Berliner Philharmoniker is the latest release from Simone Rattle and Evgeny Kissin in a classical program of instrumental music by Dvorak, Grieg, Ravel, R. Strauss, Stravinsky and Brahms.

This is…a solid concert performance all the way. Especially since it offers more composers in one show than usual, this is an ideal such release to catch on Blu-ray more than usual if you are looking for a release with diversity. © 2012 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

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