HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America

Document Type

CD Review


Sir Roger Norrington is one of a relatively small group of distinguished English conductors who have made successful careers in Germany. For too long it seemed that the English Channel acted as some kind of barrier against British musicians working in continental Europe. It is sometimes said that the final and most significant breakthrough to this implicit embargo only came with Sir Simon Rattle’s appointment as Principal Conductor of Herbert von Karajan’s former orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic. The date was 1999, two years after Roger Norrington accepted his knighthood for services to music.