Daniel Harding

Biography

Born: 1976  
Daniel Harding rocketed to the ranks of international star conductors at an astonishingly young age, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra before he was twenty-one years old.

His musical education started with recorder classes as a schoolboy, then violin lessons. He chose trumpet as his instrument. When he was fourteen Harding decided he wanted to be a conductor. The next year he had the idea of conducting Schoenberg's Pierrot
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Harding wrote to Simon Rattle, the conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Rattle, who himself had great success at an early age, says that when he saw the letter he thought Harding was "crazy."

Nevertheless, when he came to see for himself Rattle was impressed. He took Harding as a student when the latter was sixteen old. At the age of seventeen, Harding became Rattle's assistant. This resulted in Harding making his professional conducting debut in 1994 with the CBSO. This appearance won the Royal Philharmonic Society's "Best Debut" Award for the 1993-1994 season.

Harding was hired at the age of eighteen by Hans Werner Henze to participate in the preparations for the Munich Biennial Festival. During the same year, Pierre Boulez accepted Harding into his master class.

At the age of nineteen he participated in a performance of Stockhausen's Gruppen, a work requiring three conductors, at the "Towards the Millennium" Festival. Rattle and John Carewe were the other conductors.

Claudio Abbado engaged Harding as assistant conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for the 1995-1996 season. By now he was also receiving opportunities to guest conduct. Among his appearances was a Bartók and Sibelius program with violinist Sarah Chang at the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

During the September 1996 Berlin Festival, Harding received a quintessential lucky break when conductor Franz Welser-Möst fell ill and could not conduct. Without an orchestral rehearsal, he took over the podium in a program of Berlioz's Corsair Overture, Brahms' Double Concerto, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G major.

The critic of the Berlin Zeitung said that after a momentary sense of nervousness at the start of the concert, Harding led the overture with verve and authority. She praised Harding's alert and sympathetic accompanying of the two soloists in the concerto, and his grasp and elucidation of an over-all line in the symphony while still attentive to the work's details.

In 1996 Harding also became the youngest conductor ever to give a concert in the BBC Proms. In 1997 he became Principal Conductor of the Trondheim (Norway) Symphony Orchestra. He also was guest conductor of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In Autumn 1999, he took up the position of Music Director of the Deutsche Kammerephilharmonie.

By then he had already guest conducted widely, appearing with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the London Symphony. He has also conducted opera, leading Janacek's Jenufa (Welsh National Opera) and Mozart's Don Giovanni (with a touring company featuring the Mahler Chamber Orchstra). His Royal Opera House debut was scheduled to be in Britten's Turn of the Screw.

He had something of a dream come true when, in 1998, he returned to the BBC Proms to conduct the Scharoun Ensemble (whose members are drawn from the Berlin Philharmonic) in Pierrot Lunaire.

He has signed an exclusive contract with Virgin Records. His first release was music of Schoenberg and Britten, and with the Kammerphilharmonie has recorded a program of Beethoven overtures. Read less
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Pires, Harding, Swedish Radio Orchestra
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Onyx (Classical Label)  
Catalog: 4125   Number of Discs: 1
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Bartok: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2 / Isabelle Faust, Daniel Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony
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Catalog: 902146   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Violin Concerto, String Sextet No 2 / Faust, Harding, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
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Biography

Born: 1976  
Daniel Harding rocketed to the ranks of international star conductors at an astonishingly young age, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra before he was twenty-one years old.

His musical education started with recorder classes as a schoolboy, then violin lessons. He chose trumpet as his instrument. When he was fourteen Harding decided he wanted to be a conductor. The next year he had the idea of conducting Schoenberg's Pierrot
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Ouvertüre
Pt. I: Szene im Garten
Pt. II: Gretchen vor dem Bild der Mater Dolorosa
Pt. III: Szene im Dom
Pt. IV: Sonnenaufgang. Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gen Kreise
Pt. IV: Sonnenaufgang. Thäler grünen, Hügel schwellen
Pt. IV: Sonnenaufgang. Des Lebens Pulse schlagen frisch lebendig
Pt. IV: Sonnenaufgang. So ist es also, wenn ein sehnend Hoffen
Pt. V: Mitternacht. Ich heiße der Mangel
Pt. V: Mitternacht. Vier sah ich kommen, drei nur gehn
Pt. V: Mitternacht. Die Nacht scheint tiefer tief hereinzudringen
Pt. VI: Fausts Tod
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Waldung, sie schwankt heran
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Ewiger Wonnebrand
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Welch ein Morgenwölkchen schwebet
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Gerettet ist das edle Glied
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Gerettet ist das edle Glied
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Hier ist die Aussicht frei
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Dir, der Unberührbaren
Pt. VII: Fausts Verklärung. Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur Op.77: I. Allegro non troppo
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur Op.77: II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur Op.77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, "To the memory of an angel"/"A la mémoire d'un ange": Andante - Allegretto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, "To the memory of an angel"/"A la mémoire d'un ange": Allegro - Adagio
Allegro moderato
Canzonetta: Andante
Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64: Allegro molto appassionato
Andante
Allegretto non troppo; Allegro molto vivace
Troilus and Cressida (1992 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene II: From isle to isle chill waters (Cressida/Troilus)
Troilus and Cressida (1992 Remastered Version), Act 2, Scene II: From isle to isle chill waters (Cressida/Troilus)
Dance Scenes: IV. Molto allegro
Dance Scenes: IV. Molto allegro
I. Allegro non troppo
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Prologue (Prologue)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Theme
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 1 : The Journey (Governess)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation I
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 2 : The Welcome (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation II
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 3 : The Letter (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation III
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 4 : The Tower (Governess/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation IV
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 5 : The Window (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation V
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 6 : The Lesson (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VI
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 7 : The Lake (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VII
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 8 : At Night (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint/Miss Jessel)
Symphony No. 4 in G: I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen - Recht gemächlich
Symphony No. 4 in G: II. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
Symphony No. 4 in G: III. Ruhevoll (poco adagio)
Symphony No. 4 in G: IV. Sehr behaglich "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden"
Billy Budd: Prologue 'I am an old man' (Vere)
Billy Budd: Pull, my bantams! Pull, my sparrow-legs!...Who did that? (First Mate et al)
Billy Budd: Guard boat! Indomitable! (Maintop et al)
Billy Budd: First man forward! (Claggart et al)
Billy Budd: Your name? - Billy Budd, sir (Claggart/Billy/First Lieutenant/Sailing Master)
Billy Budd: Billy Budd, king of the birds (Billy/Sailing Master/First Lieutenant/Ratcliffe)
Billy Budd: Gentlemen, the King! (Vere/First Lieutenant/Sailing Master)
Billy Budd: Ay, at Spithead the men may have had their grievances (Vere/Sailing Master/First Lieutenant)
Billy Budd: We are, sir. Claggart is an able one...Land on the port bow, sir (First Lieutenant/Vere/Sailing Master/Ratcliffe)
Billy Budd: Blow her away, Blow her to Hilo (Red Whiskers/Chorus/Billy/Donald/Dansker)
Billy Budd: We're off to Samoa (Donald/Chorus/Red Whiskers/Billy/Donald/Dansker)
Billy Budd: Hi! You...a...a... (Billy et al)
Billy Budd: Over the water, over the ocean (Chorus/Claggart)
Billy Budd: Come here, Remember your promise (Claggart/Novice)
Billy Budd: Billy!...Hist! Billy Budd! (Novice/Billy)
Billy Budd: Dansker, old friend, glad to see you! (Billy/Dansker)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
1. Meditation
2. Scherzo
3. Mélodie
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio - un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: II. Andante
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: IV. Allegro - un poco sostenuto
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato
Vivace assai
Vivace scherzando
Cadenza (allegro moderato)
Symphony No. 4 in G: I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen - Recht gemächlich
Symphony No. 4 in G: II. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
Symphony No. 4 in G: III. Ruhevoll (poco adagio)
Symphony No. 4 in G: IV. Sehr behaglich "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden"
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato
Violin concerto No. 2 in E minor Op. 64: Andante - Allegretto non troppo
Violin concerto No. 2 in E minor Op. 64: Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto in D minor (1853) Op. posth.: I. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. posth.: II. Langsam
Violin Concerto in D minor (1853) Op. posth.: III. Lebhaft, doch nicht schnell
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Hob. VIIb:1: I. Moderato - Cadenza
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Hob. VIIb:1: II. Adagio - Cadenza
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Hob. VIIb:1: III. Allegro molto
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101): I. Allegro moderato - Cadenza
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101): II. Adagio
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101): III. Rondo (Allegro) - Cadenza
Cello Concerto No.4 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2: I. Allegro
Cello Concerto No.4 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2: II.Adagio
Cello Concerto No.4 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2: III.Allegro
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Prologue (Prologue)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Theme
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 1 : The Journey (Governess)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation I
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 2 : The Welcome (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation II
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 3 : The Letter (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation III
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 4 : The Tower (Governess/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation IV
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 5 : The Window (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation V
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 6 : The Lesson (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VI
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 7 : The Lake (Governess/Miles/Flora)
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Variation VII
The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT ONE: Scene 8 : At Night (Governess/Mrs. Grose/Miles/Flora/Quint/Miss Jessel)
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio - un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: II. Andante
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: IV. Allegro - un poco sostenuto
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato
Don Giovanni: Overtura
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Notte e giorno faticar
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Leporello, ove sei?
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Ah! del padre in periglio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Fuggi, crudele, fuggi
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Orsu, spicciati presto
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Ah, chi mi dice mai
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Chi è là? Stelle che veco!
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Madamina, il catalogo è questo
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: In questa forma dunque
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Giovinette che fate all'amore
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Manco male è partita
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Ho capito, signor sì
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Alfin siam liberati
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Là ci darem la mano
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Fermati, scellerato
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Ah, fuggi il traditor!
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Mi par ch'oggi il demonio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Ah, ti ritrovo ancor.......Non ti fidar, o misera
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Povera sventurata
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Don Ottovio, son morta
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Or sai chi l'onore
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Come mai creder deggio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Dalla sua pace
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Io deggio ad ogni patto
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Fin ch'han dal vino
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Masetto, senti un po'
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Guarda un po'
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Presto presto pria ch'ei venga......... Su svegliatevi da bravi
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Tra quest'arbori celata
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Bisogna aver coraggio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Riposate, vezzose ragazze
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Eh via, buffone
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Leporello! Signore?
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Ah taci, ingiusto core
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Amico, che ti par? ... Eccomi a vi
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Deh, vieni alla finestra
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: V'è gente alla finestra..... Non ci stanchiamo
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Meta di voi qua vadano
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Zitto, lascia ch'io senta...Ahi! Ahi! La testa mia
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Vedrai, carino
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Di molte face il lume
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Sola, sola in buio loco
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Dunque quello sei tu
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Ah, pietà, signori miei!
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Ferma, perfido
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Il mio tesoro intanto
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: In quali eccessi, o Numi
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Mi tradi, quell'alma ingrata
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Ah, ah, ah, questa è buona
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: O statua gentilissima
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Calmatevi, idol mio!
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Crudele? Ah no, mio bene!
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Non mi dir, bell'idol mio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Già la mensa è preparata
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: L'ultima prova dell'amor mio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Don Giovanni, a cenar teco
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Ah, dov'è il perfido?
Our Hunting Fathers Op. 8 (text devised by W. H. Auden): Prologue (W. H. Auden)
Our Hunting Fathers Op. 8 (text devised by W. H. Auden): A. Rats Away! (anon. modernised by W. H. Auden)
Our Hunting Fathers Op. 8 (text devised by W. H. Auden): B. Messalina (anon. )
Our Hunting Fathers Op. 8 (text devised by W. H. Auden): C. Dance of Death (Hawking for the Partridge) (T. Ravenscroft)
Our Hunting Fathers Op. 8 (text devised by W. H. Auden): Epilogue and Funeral March (W. H. Auden)


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