Sir Simon Rattle about "Beethovens Pastorale"
Well, I think there is no doubt that maybe of all pieces the "Pastorale" is the one that brings a benediction to people. As I've said the the orchestra on a couple of accasions that there is no doubt that whatever the storm is about, it's certainly not weather-systems. And the feeling of release and reconciliation which comes at the end. I mean, for me this particular symphony is one of the most important works of art that there is. Because it talks directly of man's humanity. These are good days to be playing this.