Garrick Ohlsson

Simon Rattle's farewell tour with the Berlin Philharmonic swings into L.A. and Costa Mesa

Simon Rattle's farewell tour with the Berlin Philharmonic swings into L.A. and Costa Mesa

On the morning after conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in two concerts at Carnegie Hall recently, Simon Rattle was in a car on the way to Boston and dialed up a reporter in California. “Oh, don’t worry,” he assured the interviewer, who wondered if Rattle was behind the wheel. “It’s hard to say this to someone from Los Angeles, but I can’t drive.”

The Carnegie concerts had been a memorable experience, the still elated British musician said, for more than one reason, the recent presidential election among them. “No political comments apart from saying that what an extraordinary time to be in America,” he said “You could...

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