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Bernard Haitink – Portrait

To mark the 90th birthday of the eminent conductor Bernard Haitink, this representative portrait – a box set containing a total of eleven CDs – is being released by BR-KLASSIK. These exceptional live recordings document the long-standing and intensive collaboration between the Dutch conductor, the Bavarian Radio Chorus and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

With Juliane Banse, Julie Kaufmann, Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Herbert Lippert, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Mark Padmore, Gerhild Romberger, Camilla Tilling, Alan Titus and the Augsburger Domsingknaben

Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

Bernard Haitink conductor

CD 1: Ludwig van Beethoven, Missa solemnis

(recorded in 2014)

CD 2: Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 5


CD 3: Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 6


CD 4/5: Joseph Haydn, The Seasons

(1997, new release)

CD 6/7: Joseph Haydn, The Creation


CD 8/9: Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 3


CD 10: Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4


CD 11: Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 9


  • 11 CDs, BR-KLASSIK 900174
  • Booklet: German / English

For six decades now, ever since he first conducted a Munich subscription concert in 1958, Bernard Haitink has repeatedly conducted the city’s orchestras – sometimes in the Herkulessaal of the Residenz, sometimes in the Philharmonie im Gasteig. The orchestras’ musicians and singers are just as happy to work with him as the Bayerischer Rundfunk’s sound engineers – a tribute to Bernard Haitink by his long-time recording manager Wolfram Graul can be found in the accompanying booklet. The CD box set provides an excellent overview of their collaboration on masterpieces of the First Viennese School as well as German-Austrian Late Romanticism: outstanding compositions by Beethoven, Bruckner, Haydn and Mahler.


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