From Bavarian Radio website: Mariss Jansons’s successor as Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Bavarian Radio Chorus has been chosen: Sir Simon Rattle will lead the two ensembles beginning with the 2023/24 concert season, having signed an initial five-year contract with the Bayerischer Rundfunk on 3 January 2021. “It is an honour to succeed Mariss Jansons in this role, and I look forward to leading these wonderful musicians for many years to come.”
Link to BR website follows.
I must admit to surprise but Simon is very much his own man . I can think of many comments but will
limit them to just one.
Despite his two/three years to go in London and onwards to returning as hallowed guest his departure will be a tragedy for most if not all British composers hopeful of his patronage going forward. His repertoire will be big ticket to show London he is a true Master of the Universe. Such as the planned Janacek operas.
So perhaps his 2/3 favourite Brits composing nothing much of interest anymore rather than ,say, performing a work I know he has looked at, David Matthews’s best symphony , his No 6.
Farewell to his youth long gone.
Onwards to the utterly barren world of Lachenmann and other Germans little known here but due promotion in Munich of course.