April 27, 2015

Simon Rattle and the London Symphony's only recording to date finally reissued!

Rattle's fascinating early encounter with the orchestra he will helm in 2017, 40 years after they made this album together.

Just weeks after the hotly anticipated announcement of Sir Simon Rattle's next post as chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Warner Classics is proud to re-release the first recording they made in 1977; their only album together to date.

Rattle, who celebrated his 60th birthday last month, was just 22 when he recorded Ravel and Prokofiev piano concertos with the LSO and soloist Andrei Gavrilov at London's famed Abbey Road Studios; shortly afterwards he took up his post with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The album went on to win a Gramophone Award in 1979: "However high your expectations may be, I would be surprised to learn that they were disappointed ... This newcomer is second to none in both works...A conductor of keen responsiveness and sensitivity,” reads the Gramophone review.

As he prepares to relinquish his long-held post at the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon will take the helm of the LSO in 2017, 40 years after his recording debut with the orchestra.

Prokofiev & Ravel Piano Concertos with Andrei Gavrilov and the LSO conducted by Simon Rattle is reissued today.