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

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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

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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 

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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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