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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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

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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: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'

Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'

Recorded live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, April 2015, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Isabelle Faust (violin)


Beethoven evening with Bernard Haitink and Isabelle Faust.

At the Easter Festival 2015 in Baden Baden the Berliner Philharmoniker were all over Beethoven.

Under the baton of Bernard Haitink, who is regarded as an authority on the music of Beethoven, they played the famous Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”.

For the Violin Concerto the Berliner Philharmoniker were joined by multi-awarded Isabelle Faust, whose tone captivates in equal measure with “passion, grit, ... warmth and sweetness” (The New York Times).

Bernard Haitink won the “Lifetime Achievement” Gramophone Award in 2015.

Isabelle Faust is winner of the Echo Klassik in 2015.

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“Faust makes light of the technical difficulties of Beethoven's sometimes awkwardly-written Violin Concerto. The quiet warmth of her playing, particularly in such moments as the mysterious ending to the first stage of the opening movement, and the new theme that so unexpectedly emerges at the mid-point of the slow movement, is a constant pleasure” BBC Music Magazine, April 2016 *****

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 1982


Bernard Haitink is one of the most sought-after Mahler conductors of our day. In this concert of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, recorded live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, he conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The American Maria Ewing fascinates with her interpreation of the soprano solo featured in the work’s finale.

Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956.

Beginning in 1963, Haitink was chief conductor for 25 years, during which time the orchestra developed significantly. Particularly Haitink’s interpretations of Mahler and Bruckner made a worldwide impression. The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major


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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Live Recording from The Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1979


Elisabeth Söderström (Leonore/Fidelio), Curt Appelgren (Rocco), Elizabeth Gale (Marzelline), Robert Allman (Don Pizaro) & Anton De Ridder (Florestan)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor) & Peter Hall (stage director)

Sir Peter Hall’s outstanding 1979 Glyndebourne Festival Opera production of Fidelio remains remarkably faithful to the way Beethoven intended the opera to be. The stage directions of the original version – completed in 1814 after two revisions – are followed exactly by Sir Peter Hall. Yet he still manages to inject fresh excitement and suspense into Fidelio with John Bury’s original lighting and design providing a perfect framework for the drama and conflicts that centre on political intrigue and repression.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Bernard Haitink.

Don Florestan has been falsely imprisoned for threatening to expose the evils of governor Don Pizarro. While he starves to death with other political prisoners his wife, Leonore tries to find him. She disguises herself as the young man, Fidelio, and wins the confidence of the gaoler, Rocco and his daughter Marzelline.

Elisabeth Söderström portrays the courageous Leonore in such a riveting and outstanding performance that alone is worth the whole show. Elizabeth Gale as Marzelline and Curt Appelgren as Rocco bring this unique production to perfection.

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“Haitink conducts a faultless, dynamic account of Fidelio. Fine singing from Söderström, De Ridder and Allman smoothes the wrinkles for Halls' 1979 staging.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

“It is not perfect, but it is pretty close to that...the mono sound, taken from a television transmission, is rather variable...the stage of the old Glyndebourne Opera House is clearly small...What do these cavils matter, in the face of Peter Hall’s masterly production?...[Söderström] is superb, acting as always with total involvement and producing really heroic notes when required” MusicWeb International, 10th July 2013

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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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The Essential Wagner

The Essential Wagner


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen 'Spinning Chorus' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Steuermann, laß die Wacht! (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Tannhäuser: Overture

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Begluckt darf nun dich 'Pilgrims' Chorus' (from Tannhauser)

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Entweihte Götter (from Lohengrin)

Bridal Chorus 'Treulich geführt' (from Lohengrin)

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich! (from Die Walküre)

Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert! (from Siegfried)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein 'Prize Song' (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


The best-loved and most popular works by Richard Wagner, performed by the world’s leading artists, in an accessible format at budget price.

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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Recorded by BBC Radio 3 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 6 November 1979.


Maurice Ravel, a notorious perfectionist, considered his 1912 ballet score Daphnis et Chloé his most important work, describing it as a ‘choreographic symphony’. Based on a pastoral drama by the Greek poet Longus, the story tells of the love between a goatherd and a shepherdess. In this live 1979 recording, Bernard Haitink conjures a sensuous and atmospheric performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Alldis Choir.

Bernard Haitink was Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1967–79 and has also held

the posts of Music Director at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; and Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and continues to perform regularly with the world’s leading orchestras.

As well as his recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Haitink has recorded widely with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and the Bavarian Radio and Boston symphony orchestras. He has also recorded extensively for the LSO Live label and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Resound label.

“this performance has lots to commend it. Haitink has always been good at large-scale structures; he’s a musician who can knit the most discursive of Mahler symphonies into a satisfying whole. This expansive Daphnis reminds us of Ravel’s description of the ballet as a "symphonie choréographique". Recurring melodic gestures are subtly highlighted, and what can become a sequence of aimless impressionist doodles becomes gripping.” The Arts Desk, 7th April 2012

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