January 19, 2015

Happy birthday Sir Simon Rattle! The Berlin Philharmonic maestro turns 60 today

Discover 29 of his albums at the helm of one of the world's greatest orchestras, mastered specially for iTunes.

Today marks the 60th birthday of one of the greatest conductors of our time, Sir Simon Rattle. Born in Liverpool in 1955, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, rising to the posts of chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmonie in September 2002.

Warner Classics is celebrating this milestone with a monthlong focus on Rattle's rich and varied catalogue of Warner Classics albums with his beloved Berlin Philharmonic: from rousing Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner to his award-winning Mahler cycle, to new directions in Messiaen. Discover 29 essential recordings on the iTunes Berlin Philharmonic page, all specially mastered in high-quality sound for iTunes.

We start with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony No.2, which Sir Simon describes as "the piece that made [him] take up conducting in the first place."