Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic

Seven of their best recordings to date

Sir Simon Rattle

As Sir Simon Rattle turns 60, we look back at some of the best recordings he has made with the Berlin Philharmonic


Mahler: Symphony No. 10
Warner Classics 556 9722
‘One feels profoundly grateful to Rattle for his part in bringing alive this intriguing symphony.’
June 2000

Ravel: Mother Goose
Warner Classics 264 1972
‘Rattle’s first recording of Mother Goose was superlative, but this second rendering is, if anything, better, taking full advantage of the Berlin Phil’s exceptional colours.’
April 2009

Brahms: Symphonies Nos 1-4
Warner Classics 267 2542
‘The playing is never less than superb, with every section of the orchestra ideally responsive.’
October 2009

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Warner Classics 457 8152
‘In general, Simon Rattle’s Schoenberg is more the voluptuous late Romantic than the bogeyman of popular legend.’
October 2011

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Warner Classics 952 9692
‘Rattle’s interpretation… encompasses the full gamut of emotions from tenderness and nostalgia to some amazingly apocalyptic climaxes.’
September 2012

Rachmaninov: The Bells; Symphonic Dances
Warner Classics 984 5192
‘This Bells may be unsurpassable … The three soloists are superb … Mikhail Petrenko's bass is prefaced and mirrored by the most human cor anglais solo I've ever heard … a remarkable achievement.’
November 2013

Schumann:  Symphonies 1-4
Berliner Philharmoniker recordings BPHR140011
‘These are predictably fine performances, with well-judged tempos throughout., and moments such as the pianissimo fugato in the slow movement of Symphony No. 2 are spellbinding.’
May 2014

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic’s ‘London Residency’ takes place at the Southbank Centre from Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 February. Visit:


Simon Rattle conducts Schumann's Paradise and the Peri

BBC Proms 2014: Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic


Sir Simon Rattle to leave Berlin Phil in 2018