China will play leading role in music: Simon Rattle

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4 November 2005, BEIJING - The conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, expects China to play a leading role in music in the future, he said Friday.

4 November 2005

BEIJING - The conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, expects China to play a leading role in music in the future, he said Friday.

Speaking in Beijing at the beginning of the orchestra's three-week Asia tour, the British conductor said: "A lot of the future of music is here...We only know the tip of the iceberg and we will see how many musicians come from here."

The orchestra was due to perform in Beijing later on Friday, the first concert by the renowned ensemble since 1979, when it paid a historic visit to Beijing conducted by the late Herbert von Karajan.

On Saturday, the orchestra is scheduled to give a second concert, to mark the end of the 8th Beijing Music Festival, which included the first ever performance in China of Richard Wagner's complete Ring Cycle by the Nuremberg State Theatre.

The concerts in Tokyo are part of the "Germany in Japan" year in which treasures of German culture are on show.

According to officials, Rattle will be directing the orchestra in performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Third Symphony, the symphonic poem "Ein Heldenleben" by Richard Strauss, "Asyla" by Thomas Ades and works by Joseph Haydn, Hector Berlioz and Maurice Ravel.

Among the Berlin Philharmonic's 128 musicians, 25 had participated in the 1979 visit. On their latest visit they saw again some Chinese musicians who had performed together with them in 1979, after the end of Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) more than 25 years ago.

The orchestra's Asia tour is scheduled to include Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo.

DPA

Subject: German news

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