Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht, op.4Berg – Three Fragments from ‘Wozzeck’, op.7
Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring
Barbara Hannigan (soprano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
Had I been asked beforehand which part – ‘half’ would be a little misleading – of this concert would most likely be more successful, I should have said the first: Sir Simon Rattle has long proved a fine advocate for the music of the Second Viennese School. Not that he has no name in Stravinsky, but, without having heard his recent Berlin recording of The Rite of Spring, I have had heard negative whispers, indeed rather more than whispers. As it happened, whilst there was much to admire in both parts, the Rite ultimately proved more convincing.