PO30120041108It's two years ago since Sir Simon Rattle took on one of the plum jobs in classical music - as chief conductor and artistic director of the BERLIN Philharmonic. So how's it going?

This week in Performance on 3, Andrew Mcgregor takes stock with five notable concerts from Rattle's time in BERLIN. He begins tonight at the 'early' end of the BERLIN Philharmonic's repertoire - music from the late 1700s by Haydn and Gluck, with star mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli.BERLIN Philharmonic

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Haydn: Symphony No 67 in F

Cantata, Berenice, che fai

Gluck: Berenice, che fai, from the opera Antigono

Haydn: Al tuo seno fortunato, from the opera L'Anima del Filosofo

Symphony No 90 in C.

PO30220041109Andrew Mcgregor continues his retrospective of Simon Rattle's first two years at the helm of the BERLIN Philharmonic with a concert of the 'Three B's'.

The three composers may be absolutely central to the history of western classical music, but Rattle's selection of works is unusually intriguing and imaginative - and even gives a look in to a rather more controversial composer beginning with 'S'.BERLIN Philharmonic

Lars Vogt (piano)

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 1

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 in C

Brahms, orchestrated by Schoenberg: Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op 25.

PO303Mozart: Idomeneo20041110Simon Rattle conducts the BERLIN Philharmonic in one of his great operatic specialities - with an all-star cast led by his new love Magdalena Kozena.

Kozena sings the pivotal role of Idamante, Prince of Crete. Idamante is at the pinnacle of the opera's classic love triangle: he loves the captive Trojan Princess Ilia, and she loves him - but so does the fierce GREEK Princess Elettra. As if that's not bad enough, Idomeneo himself, the King of Crete, has vowed to sacrifice the first being he meets after being saved from drowning - and who should he see first but his own son Idamante.

Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

Idomeneo....Philip Langridge (tenor)

Idamante....Magdalena Kozena (mezzo-soprano)

Ilia....Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Elettra....Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)

Arbace, Idomeneo's confidante....Peter Hoare (tenor)

High Priest of Neptune....Ian Caley (tenor)

Voice of the Oracle....Jonathan Lemalu (bass)EUROPEan VoicesBERLIN Philharmonic

Simon Rattle (conductor).

PO30420041111The series celebrating Simon Rattle's first two years at the BERLIN Philharmonic continues with a second chance to hear one of the Proms they gave together this year.

Debussy: La mer - three symphonic sketches

Messiaen: Eclairs sur l'au-delà.

PO305 LAST20041112Andrew Mcgregor ends his week of concerts from Simon Rattle's first two years as Chief Conductor of the BERLIN Philharmonic with a programme of 'late' works by Sibelius, Strauss and Schubert.

Felicity Lott joins Rattle and the orchestra for the final scene of Richard Strauss's operatic swansong, between two mighty symphonies. Sibelius may or may not have completed an eighth symphony, but No 7 was the last one he released - and it's a hard act to follow. Perhaps Schubert felt the same of his famous Great C major Symphony, since he never finished another one after it.BERLIN Philharmonic

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Sibelius: Symphony No 7

Richard Strauss: Final scene from Capriccio

Schubert: Symphony No 8 in Bm, Unfinished.