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If Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra required an illustration of its broad scope and open spirit, it would be hard to imagine any more flamboyant than Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the grandiloquent orgiastic fantasy of depravity based on De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

Album: Stravinsky, Le Sacre de Printemps - Berliner Philarmoniker/Rattle (EMI)

Stravinsky's 1913 ballet, The Rite of Spring, premiered to catcalls and fisticuffs.

Collaborator: Harvey, centre, with the conductors Ilan Volkov, left, and Stefan Solyom

Professor Jonathan Harvey: Composer whose work spanned electronic and church music

He was a gifted cellist, and his work remained rooted in the practicalities of performance

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Soul Music: The Pulse of Race and Music, By Candace Allen

For all its brave themes, some false notes limit the impact of this musical odyssey.

Album: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker Bruckner 9 – Four Movement Version (EMI Classics)

Few composers thought bigger, or longer, than Bruckner, who constantly revised his colossal works – in the case of this final symphony, spending nine years writing and still not completing it before his death, leading to a plethora of posthumous fourth movement “completions” over the past three decades.

Simon Rattle illuminated Mahler with the Berlin Phil at the Royal Festival Hall 

Arts review of 2011 - Classical: Just when you think you've heard it all...

Yes, concert halls and opera houses worked their socks off, but there was thrilling music in a car park and off the beaten track

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City of Birmingham SO/ Rattle, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Sheikh, Rattle and Pole

Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall, London

A quiet, uneasy Rattle tests out his new toy
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