Günther Herbig

Biography

Born: November 30, 1931; Ustí-nad-Labem, Czechoslovakia  
Gunther Herbig established himself as one of the leading conductors in East Germany, and, after he appeared in the West, as an exceptional interpreter of classic repertory and new Central European music.

Although born in Czechoslovakia, Herbig is of German background. He conducted under Abendroth in Weimar at the Franz Liszt Hochschule. He had further conducting studies with Scherchen, Karajan, and Jansons.

In 1962 he was
Read more appointed conductor of the German National Theater in Weimar, and also led the two orchestras of the College of Music there (1957 - 1962). His theatrical conducting continued at the Hans Otto Theater of Potsdam, where he was music director from 1962 to 1966. In the latter year he switched his emphasis to concert conducting when he became a conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. He held that position through 1973.

Meanwhile, in 1972 he had been appointed principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to the Berlin Symphony, this time as principal conductor, in 1977.

In 1983 he was able to leave East Germany. He had guest conducted in western Europe as early as 1973, but now his continuous presence attracted attention, and he became noted for incisive performances of the major Germanic classics, to which he brought strong, disciplined playing and a strong sense of continuity with the classical tradition. (On the occasions when a performance misses, it is generally in the direction of being heavy or pedantic, but these are rare lapses.)

Settling in North America, he became music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1983 - 1989) and then artistic advisor (1988 - 1989) and musical director (1989 - 1994) of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

He became the principal guest conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague in 1992. Since 1990 he has taught conducting at Yale University in Connecticut. Read less

There are 99 Günther Herbig recordings available.

Select a specific Composer, Ensemble or Label or browse recordings by Formats & Featured below

or

Formats & Featured

Biography

Born: November 30, 1931; Ustí-nad-Labem, Czechoslovakia  
Gunther Herbig established himself as one of the leading conductors in East Germany, and, after he appeared in the West, as an exceptional interpreter of classic repertory and new Central European music.

Although born in Czechoslovakia, Herbig is of German background. He conducted under Abendroth in Weimar at the Franz Liszt Hochschule. He had further conducting studies with Scherchen, Karajan, and Jansons.

In 1962 he was
Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 21: Overture
Act II: Scherzo
Act II: Allegro vivace
Act II: Song with Chorus: You Spotted Snakes
Act III: Intermezzo
Act III: Nocturne
Act V: Wedding March
Act V: Dance of the Clowns
Act V: Finale
I. Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty (Pavane de la belle au bois dormant)
II. Hop o' my Thumb (Petit poucet)
III. Little Ugly, Empress of the Pagodas (Laideronnette, imperatrice des pagodes)
IV. The Conversations of Beauty and the Beast (Les entretiens de la belle et de la bete)
V. The Fairy Garden (Le jardin feerique)
I. Presto
II. Andante
III. Finale: Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Finale: Menuetto
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio - Andante - Adagio
III. Menuet
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Recitativo: Adagio - Allegro - Adagio
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. La tempesta: Presto
I. Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty (Pavane de la belle au bois dormant)
II. Hop o' my Thumb (Petit poucet)
III. Little Ugly, Empress of the Pagodas (Laideronnette, imperatrice des pagodes)
IV. The Conversations of Beauty and the Beast (Les entretiens de la belle et de la bete)
V. The Fairy Garden (Le jardin feerique)
Overture
Act II: Scherzo
Act II: Allegro vivace
Act II: Song with Chorus: You Spotted Snakes
Act II: Intermezzo
Act III: Nocturne
Act V: Wedding March
Act V: Dance of the Clowns
Act V: Finale
Einmal, da horte ich ihn -
Aschenglorie hinter deinen -
Am weissen Gebetriemen -
Du darfst mich getrost -
Hinterm kohlegezinkten Schlaf -
Fadensonnen uber der grauschwarzen Odnis
Es stand (Hebrew version) -
Es stand (German version) -
Psalm 122, 79 and 74 -
Denk Dir -
Du sei wie du, immer
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio - Andante - Adagio
III. Menuet
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Recitativo: Adagio - Allegro - Adagio
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. La tempesta: Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo
IV. Largo
V. Allegretto
I. Molto allegro con fuoco
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio - Molto sostenuto
III. Finale: Presto scherzando
Overture
Act II: Scherzo
Act II: Allegro vivace
Act II: Song with Chorus: You Spotted Snakes
Act II: Intermezzo
Act III: Nocturne
Act V: Wedding March
Act V: Dance of the Clowns
Act V: Finale
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Allegretto poco moderato - Presto
II. Moderato con moto
III. Largo - Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Allegro
III. Allegretto
IV. Andante - Allegro
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato (poco allegretto)
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Andante comodo
II. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers - Etwas tappisch und sehr derb
III. Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai, Sehr trotzig
IV. Adagio - Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend
I. Lento - Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo
Einleitung und Fugue
Aria: Edel sei der Mensch
Symbolum
No. 1. (Premonitions)
No. 2. (The Past)
No. 3. (Chord-Colours)
No. 4. (Peripeteia)
No. 5. (The Obbligato Recitative)
Introduction
Theme
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Finale
I. Toccata [lebhaft]
II. Melodie [langsam] - Scherzo [sehr lebhaft] - A tempo
III. Rondo [lustig - sehr lebhaft]
I. Adagio
II. Toccata variata. Presto
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: II. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73: III. Rondo - Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: I. Allegro
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: II. Andante Con Moto
Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74: III. Alla Pollaca


YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Already a subscriber? Sign In