Bernard Haitink

Conductor

Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink was born in Amsterdam and studied music at the conservatoire there. He played the violin in orchestras before taking courses in conducting under Ferdinand Leitner in 1954 and 1955. He became Second Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Union Orchestra in 1955. He was principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1967 to 1979, and of the Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1961 to 1988 (jointly with Eugen Jochum until 1964), music director at Glyndebourne from 1978 to 1988 and at the Royal Opera House from 1987 to 1998. From 2002 he has been musical director of the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1977 he was awarded an honorary knighthood in the Order of the British Empire (KBE).

Haitink has conducted a wide variety of reperoire, with the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler and Dmitri Shostakovich notable among his recordings.

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 40

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 40

Bernard Haitink (Live)


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Weber:

Oberon Overture


The works on the two CDs of this volume were performed in the Dresden Staatskapelle’s second symphony concert of the 2002/2003 season on September 29 and 30 and October 2, 2002. It was Bernard Haitink’s first concert as Principal Conductor of the orchestra, after he had spontaneously declared his willingness to take over this position and support the Staatskapelle following the sudden death of Giuseppe Sinopoli the previous year. It still seems a stroke of luck for Dresden, and in particular for its orchestra, that it could find a personality of such international standing who had a deep understanding both of the Staatskapelle’s great tradition and of its special character and thus was uniquely qualified to maintain and enhance its high artistic level, its individual sound and its worldwide reputation.

“Beautifully played and recorded, these valuable live performances under Haitink have genuine authority.” MusicWeb International, 17th January 2017

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Frank Peter Zimmermann Plays Mozart & Bach

Frank Peter Zimmermann Plays Mozart & Bach


Bach, J S:

Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6, BWV1014-1019

Enrico Pace (piano)

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Bonus Film: Frank Peter Zimmermann – Bach and Me

1. Working with Bach 4:58

2. The Stradivarius (1711) 1:46

3. Bach: Sonata in E major – IV. Allegro 3:37

4. Passing on Musical Passion 5:31

5. Sonata in C minor – I. Largo 4:36

6. Sonata in C minor – IV. Allegro 4:20

7. In Paris with the String Trio 5:23

8. Bach: Sonata in F minor – II. Allegro 3:59

9. The Depth of the Music 1:25

10. Bach: Sonata in F minor – III. Adagio 4:56

12. Playing Sibelius in Copenhagen 5:55

13. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor 4:56

14. Life as an Artist 4:57

15. Sonata in G major – V. Allegro 3:01

16. Credits 0:40

Directed by Dorothee Binding & Benedict Mirow


Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the world’s top instrumentalists. His recordings are acclaimed by both the press and audience and have already received countless awards, such as the ECHO Klassik.

He performs Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 G major & 5 A major with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Bernard Haitink. Accompanied by Enrico Pace, he plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s unrivalled violin sonatas.

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Running time: 213 mins (DVD 1: 156 mins, DVD 2: 57 mins)

Language: German

Subtitles: English, German, French

Production years: 1993, 1994, 2008

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Live-Recording: Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 15. – 17.06.2016


Gerhild Romberger (contralto)

Augsburger Domsingknaben, Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink

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Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony still ranks today as one of the greatest and most powerful creations of the Late Romantic period. The huge symphony, longer and more monumental than the others and containing texts from the collection of poems by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim entitled “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”, was composed over a period of four years from 1892 to 1896, and especially during the summers of 1895 and 1896, which Mahler spent at the Attersee in Austria. Following performances of several individual movements of the symphony, the complete work was premiered on June 9, 1902, at the 38th “Tonkünstler Festival” in Krefeld. Mahler conducted the Städtische Kapelle Krefeld and Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra at this exciting event. It was one of his greatest successes, and his contemporaries were deeply impressed. Between 1902 and 1907, the composer conducted his Third Symphony a further 15 times.

Of the six powerful movements, the slow fourth one requires not only a large orchestra but also a mezzo-soprano solo for a setting of the “Midnight Song” (“O Man! Take heed!”) from Friedrich Nietzsche's poetical-philosophical "Thus Spoke Zarathustra," while in the cheerful fifth movement the mezzo-soprano soloist is joined by a children’s choir and a female chorus for the song Es sungen drei Engel from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn". The symphony is a huge challenge for all its performers, and this concert recording of June 2016 has a prestigious line-up: guest conductor Bernard Haitink with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Augsburger Domsingknaben and the Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; the solo parts are sung by Gerhild Romberger.

“Haitink has long been regarded as one of our least egocentric and interventionist conductors, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt that more keenly than on this recording...throughout the long first movement in particular, there’s a sense that the music is simply being allowed to unfold itself organically rather than being driven too hard.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 6th January 2017

“The opening horn unison arrests and promises much, Mahler’s Third delivered with the long view typical of Bernard Haitink. He doesn’t sensationalise the music…the remaining five movements, naturalistic and divine, receive superior outings – poetic, eloquent, picturesque, as agile and athletic as required. The posthorn solo during the third movement is especially magical…as ever from Bavarian Radio, the orchestra and the sound are exemplary.” Classical Ear, 17th April 2017 ****

“Haitink seems just a pure conduit for the music.” Hi-Fi News, May 2017

“a perfect beauty of a performance, natural sound matching natural evoution and every solo perfectly intoned” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 *****

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Orchestral Choice - May 2017

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Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. X

Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. X

Wolfgang Schneiderhan plays Mozart, Henze & Martin


Henze, H:

Violin Concerto No. 1

Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin)

Schweizerisches Festspielorchester, Ferdinand Leitner

Martin, F:

Magnificat

Irmgard Seefried (soprano), Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin)

Schweizerisches Festspielorchester, Bernard Haitink

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin)

Schweizerisches Festspielorchester, Paul Hindemith


An outstanding violinist of the twentieth century:Wolfgang Schneiderhan, born in Vienna in 1915, was concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic for many years before turning to his solo career entirely. As a chamber musician - for instance with his Schneiderhan Quartet or in the trio with Edwin Fischer and Enrico Mainardi- he also proved to be influential. Schneiderhan was one of the defining artists in the history of the Lucerne Festival: between 1949 and 1986 he gave an amazing forty-two concerts; as Georg Kulenkampff's successor, he directed the masterclasses over several decades; and in 1956, together with his former student Rudolf Baumgartner, he founded the Lucerne Festival Strings.

The range of Schneiderhan's repertoire is also displayed in these three Lucerne live recordings, now released for the first time. His commitment for the music of his time becomes particularly evident: he performs Henze's highly virtuosic First Violin Concerto (which he would go on to record on disc as well, with the composer conducting) alongside Martin's Magnificat.The Swiss composer had composed this unusually scored work, which one yearlater would be expanded into his Maria-Triptychon, for Schneiderhan and his wife, the soprano Irmgard Seefried - the Lucerne live recording of the world premiere with the two dedicatees therefore represents an exceptional archive discovery. The early recording of Mozart's final violin concerto on the other hand shows Schneiderhan as a representative of the Viennese Mozart tradition. Here, his partner at the podium of the Swiss Festival Orchestra is Paul Hindemith who can be experienced as a conductor of classical repertoire.

The 32-page booklet in three languages provides extensive background information on Wolfgang Schneiderhan in Lucerne, and also features photos from the festival archives published here for the very first time.

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BR-KLASSIK Greatest Moments

BR-KLASSIK Greatest Moments

CD Sampler plus Catalogue 2016


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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 25./26.09.2014


Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone) & Anton Barachovsky (solo violin)

Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink

The BR-KLASSIK label has already released several recordings with Bernard Haitink, who has now been connected with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for over 55 years. Following Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, Mahler's Ninth and Haydn's "Creation," BR-KLASSIK now presents a live recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa solemnis" – a work performed for the recording market for the first time under the baton of Bernard Haitink. The musical partners of this grand seigneur among world-class conductors are the Choir and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as a finely coordinated ensemble of soloists, consisting of Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Mark Padmore and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

“it is deeply felt, has a superbly disciplined and committed chorus, and grows powerfully towards an Agnus Dei whose darkness and terror are beautifully realised.” Sunday Times, 10th May 2015

“Haitink at 85 makes his first recording of one of music’s choral masterpieces – and what a wonderful performance his wisdom and experience offers.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Cello Sonata in D major Op. 78 (arr. from Violin Sonata)

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)


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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


Bernard Haitink, internationally renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner, returns at the helm of the LSO following his acclaimed recording for the label of the fourth Symphony.

Bruckner’s symphonies are often described as ‘Gothic cathedrals in sound,’ an apt description considering the composer’s devout faith and early vocation as an organist. He died before he could finish his 9th Symphony but within its three movements can be found some of his most complete music, imbued with a sense of deep solace and resolution.

Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven Symphony cycle received the title of Benchmark Beethoven Cycle from BBC Music Magazine. Haitink has also released a complete Brahms Symphony cycle and Strauss’ 'Eine Alpensinfonie' to international acclaim.

“Haitink, as ever, maintains a magisterial grasp on the architectural span of Bruckner’s final “cathedral in sound”. In his 85th year, he is the doyen of the world’s great Brucknerians. His latest interpretation of the Ninth is not to be missed.” Sunday Times, 19th January 2014

“[Haitink] holds all in control...The LSO plays with a transparency and poise that cuts through even the most climactic, brass-laden fortissimos. Committed Bruckner lovers will want this in their collection. More tentative fans will be rewarded by the clarity and tautness of this live recording.” The Observer, 23rd February 2014 ****

“this performance from last year with the London Symphony Orchestra on stupendous form seems to mark a pitch of understanding and communication which it wouldn't be possible to surpass. There are several performances of this work that I take as doing it justice, and this ranks among them.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014

“Where other interpreters soften Bruckner's vision, Haitink is uncompromisingly architectural, no texture self-consicouly beautified, no transition rendered falsely emotive, little reassurance offered except in passing...the LSO play quite superbly for Haitink...You won't quickly forget those stern, unyielding climaxes.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

“The orchestra are in rapt, highly communicative mode and Haitink builds those Brucknerian layers as only a master can...his steady, forensic approach offers much in terms of grip, detail and architectural strength...A magnificent performance; up there with the very best.” MusicWeb International, 4th December 2014

“The manner in which he (Haitink) controls the immense Misterioso is exemplary.” Diapason

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GGramophone Awards 2014

Shortlisted - Orchestral

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Editor's Choice - April 2014

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major


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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492


Gerald Finley (Figaro), Alison Hagley (Susanna), Andreas Schmidt (Count Almaviva), Renée Fleming (Countess Almaviva), Marie-Ange Todorovitch (Cherubino), Manfred Röhrl (Bartolo), Wendy Hillhouse (Marcellina), Robert Tear (Don Basilio), Donald Adams (Antonio), John Graham-Hall (Don Curzio), Susan Gritton (Barbarina)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor) & Stephen Medcalf (director)

Stephen Metcalf’s production of The Marriage of Figaro opened the new Glyndebourne Theatre in 1994. It is a story of the young engaged couple Figaro and Susanna, and the comedy of romantic fiascos involving the Count and Countess Almaviva, Dr Bartolo and his housekeeper Marcellina, the page Cherubino, and the gardener’s daughter, Barbarina.

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189 MINS • ALL REGIONS • NTSC 4:3 • COLOUR • L-PCM STEREO

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