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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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Violin Concerto & Schumann: Piano Quartet

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Violin Concerto & Schumann: Piano Quartet


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Schumann:

Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

Emanuel Ax (piano)

RCO Chamber Soloists


Bernard Haitink was the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's chief conductor from 1961-88, and was named honorary conductor in 1999.

This album features his 2010 live Johannes Brahms recordings with Emanuel Ax (Piano Concerto No. 1) and Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin Concerto). A brand new studio recording of Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet with Emanuel Ax and RCO principals Vesko Eschkenazy, Henk Rubingh and Gregor Horsch is offered as a makeweight.

“Haitink’s enduring association with this music ensures that every gesture has a naturalness to it, drawing out an oboe line here, a clarinet phrase there. Temperamentally, Frank Peter Zimmermann is on exactly the same wavelength, finding a balance between heart and head…there’s so much colour from the orchestral players and so much variety of touch in Ax’s playing [in the Piano Concerto] that the result is constantly engaging” Gramophone Magazine, June 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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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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Running time: 90 mins

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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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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Itzhak Perlman Vol. 33


Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64


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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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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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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major


Building a Library

First Choice - December 2014

Decca Virtuoso - 4785690

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Debussy: Clair de Lune

Debussy: Clair de Lune

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Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Arabesque No. 1

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Arabesque No. 2

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

La plus que lente

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Petite Suite

Katia & Marielle Labèque (piano)

Trois Nocturnes

Chœur des femmes de l’Orchestre de Montréal & Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

orch. Caplet

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Préludes - Book 2: No. 7, La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Serenade for the Doll

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

The Snow is dancing (from Children's Corner)

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Nocturne

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 - Andantino doucement expressif

Quatuor Ysaÿe

La plus que lente

orch. Debussy

James Earl Barnes (cimbalom)

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Danses sacrée et profane

Vera Badings (harp)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

orch. Stokowski

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

La Mer

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit


Debussy’s most popular and famous piano piece opens this generously-filled 2-CD programme of piano and orchestral works by the great French composer; Clair de lune is also heard in an orchestral version which opens CD 2.

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