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.

“A born Brahmsian, Ax gives full rein to the sheer massiveness of the First Piano Concerto, producing a performance of range and depth, intimately captured in this recording…the estimable Frank Peter Zimmermann is soloist in a blazing, flawless live performance of Brahms’s Violin Concerto…his high-tension, heroic style is matched by crisp precision from the orchestra” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017 ****

“[Zimmermann's] newer version [of the Brahms] has even more verve, the supple sweetness of his playing matching the burnished orchestral sound Haitink coaxes from his players. Ax too is hugely convincing in the dark storm of the D minor concerto, letting every note unfold naturally, pacing and colouring every phrase with warmth and authority” Classical Music, July 2017 *****

“[Zimmermann’s] Brahms is not only an example of technical and musical mastery, but above that demonstrates an intelligent stylistic organisation with, here and there, subtle portamentos, a marvellously nuanced sound production and a radiant vibrato…it is the same with Emanuel Ax…[whose] performance is perfect unity between high mastery and powerful emotion” Diapason, May 2017 *****

“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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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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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. 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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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.

SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH

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

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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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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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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 33

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 33


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Charlotte Margiono (soprano) & Jard van Nes (alto)

Chor der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden, Sinfoniechor Dresden & Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

“the strings have a warmly cosseting quality, the winds are mellifluous, the brass powerful but cleanly focused...The voices are well balanced and Haitink's willingness to let the music breathe while never allowing it to sag (just listen to how the first movement gains momentum) benefits Mahler's structural design...A great recording, then” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2012

Profil Medien Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - PH07040

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