Photo Credit: Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO via Bachtrack
On the night of January 13, 2018, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra gave an incredible live performance of the Genesis Suite. A project conceived by composer Nathaniel Shilkret, who collaborated with six iconic composers, including Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, Genesis Suite depicts the creation of the world as told in the Book of Genesis. Read the reviews about the performance below and learn more about the work:
"The LSO’s presentation, put together by Gerard McBurney and conducted with whopping conviction by Simon Rattle made it all into a meaty experience."
The Guardian | Read the Full Review
"The result was a performance that balanced a sense of finesse with mesmerising intensity."
Financial Times | Read the Full Review
"Simon Rattle and the LSO gave the UK premiere against a poignant visual backdrop, incorporating historical footage, while Simon Callow, Rodney Earl Clarke, Sara Kestelman and Helen McCrory supplied the spoken text with conviction."
Evening Standard | Read the Full Review
"Rattle's direction (of music by several composers he is unlikely to conduct elsewhere) was perceptive, and the LSO's playing assured..."
Classical Source | Read the Full Review
"‘We live now in a time of refugees.’ With those words, Simon Rattle opened his typically engaging spoken introduction to this concert of works – if the Genesis Suite may be called a ‘work’ – by émigré composers, of whom a good few certainly count as refugees themselves. Indeed we do."
Seen and Heard International | Read the Full Review
"The first half of this concert brought back memories of Sir Simon Rattle’s glory days in Birmingham, when he could lead an audience in a conga during a performance of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town and still produce a supremely musical experience. Gone was the grand Berlin manner and the evening was all the more enjoyable for that."
Bachtrack | Read the Full Review