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Bernard Haitink - The Philips Years [20-CD Set]


Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001903502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókLudwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsRichard Wagner,   ... 
Performer:  Henryk SzeryngHerman KrebbersMenahem PresslerIsidore Cohen,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraLondon Philharmonic OrchestraBeaux Arts Trio,   ... 
Number of Discs: 20 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bernard Haitink has made a ton of recordings, and this 20-CD set offers a smartly chosen selection. One thing is clear: his work with the Concertgebouw Orchestra remains his signal achievement, both for the excellence of the ensemble, as well as for interpretive character. Haitink’s musical personality is difficult to describe: always musical, rhythmically precise, attentive to matters of balance and texture, but sometimes a bit dour and self-effacing to a fault. There is a paradox in calling any artist “self-effacing,” because putting yourself out there to the pubic day after day requires nothing if not great self-confidence and no small amount of ego, but there it is.

In this set, we get a lot of basic repertoire, very well
Read more played: three fine Bruckner symphonies (Nos. 3 [Vienna], 8 and the digital Ninth), the woefully under-characterized Mahler 6th alongside the splendid 9th, Haitink’s excellent Debussy, a benchmark Strauss Ein Heldenleben plus a very good Death and Transfiguration, splendid Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, beautiful Schubert 8 and 9, a rarely heard and finely judged Dvorák 7th plus a lovely if slightly staid Brahms 3rd. All of the works, save where noted, feature the Concertgebouw.

It was a mistake to include this boring Boston Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, especially when the Amsterdam Alborada del gracioso and La Valse reveal so much more idiomatic flair. Ditto the Vienna Brahms German Requiem, another snoozefest. There are, however, some splendid concerto recordings, including Szeryng in the Barók Violin Concerto No. 2, the outstanding Herman Krebbers in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, the Beaux Arts Trio in the same composer’s Triple Concerto, Arthur Grumiaux in concertos by Tchaikovsky, Bruch, and Mendelssohn, and a fabulous Liszt disc featuring Alfred Brendel in the two piano concertos plus possibly the best ever Totentanz.

Billed as “first international release,” whatever that means nowadays, the set offers a good but not great Haydn Symphony No. 96, and two Beethoven symphonies from Haitink’s first cycle with the London Philharmonic: the First and the Eroica. This latter makes a better impression than I had remembered from the LP days, with Haitink not afraid to give the music plenty of the necessary grit despite tempos on the moderate side.

The set is rounded out by some very well played Wagner excerpts, and a disc of contemporary music (Andriessen, Stravinsky, Takemitsu and Messiaen), all very well done, if hardly necessary given the size of Haitink’s discography. He also made some fine discs in his early years with the LPO (The Planets and Scheherazade especially) and it would have been nice to see more of them them included instead of this nice but not inspiring set of Mozart overtures. Still, there is much more here to praise than to condemn, and on the whole the set offers a good survey of some of Haitink’s best work.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
3.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Herman Krebbers (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Menahem Pressler (Piano), Isidore Cohen (Violin), Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
7.
German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Tom Krause (Baritone), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
Language: German 
8.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
9.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
10.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
11.
Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
12.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
13.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 61 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
15.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 11 Minutes 7 Secs. 
17.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 
18.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 23 Minutes 33 Secs. 
19.
Jeux by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 
20.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
21.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Les préludes, S 97 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1854; Weimar, Germany 
23.
Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
24.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
25.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
26.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
27.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
28.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
29.
Lucio Silla, K 135: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
30.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
31.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
32.
Idomeneo, K 366: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
33.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
34.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
35.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
36.
Der Schauspieldirektor, K 486: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
37.
Cosě fan tutte, K 588: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
38.
Symphony no 99 in E flat major, H 1 no 99 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
39.
Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Doriot Dwyer (Flute)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Boston 
Length: 57 Minutes 48 Secs. 
40.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
41.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
42.
Symphony no 96 in D major, H 1 no 96 "Miracle" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
43.
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Herman Krebbers (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
44.
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
45.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
46.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
47.
Concerto for Violin in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
48.
Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1874; Russia 
49.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
50.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
51.
November Steps by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Katsuya Yokoyama (Shakuhachi), Kinshi Tsuruta (Biwa)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Japan 
Date of Recording: 12/1969 
Length: 19 Minutes 26 Secs. 
52.
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum by Olivier Messiaen
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1969 
Length: 21 Minutes 0 Secs. 
53.
Symphonic Study by Hendrik Andriessen
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Netherlands (Holland 
54.
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1945;   

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112: 1. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112: 2. Andante tranquillo
Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112: 3. Allegro molto
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 1. Introduzione (Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 2. Giuoco della coppie (Allegretto scherzando)
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 3. Elegia (Andante, non troppo)
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 4. Intermezzo interrotto (Allegretto)
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 5. Finale (Pesante - Presto)
Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56: 1. Allegro
Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56: 2. Largo - attacca:
Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C, Op.56: 3. Rondo alla Polacca
Violin Concerto In D, Op.61: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto In D, Op.61: 2. Larghetto -
Violin Concerto In D, Op.61: 3. Rondo (Allegro)

Customer Reviews

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 Essential February 17, 2014 By D. Mount (Chestnut Hill, MA) See All My Reviews "This is a treasure trove, even for addicted collectors who likely have many of Haitink's classic sets already. They have sprinkled in a few of his classic benchmark recordings with a handful of recordings that were previously unavailable on CD. I bought the set for his Schubert 9th, which hasn't ever been available on CD. Ditto for his wonderful performance of the Hadyn 96th and 99th symphonies. I remembered the Schubert 9th from the LP; 35 years and 20 versions later it remains my benchmark recording. It is superbly recorded, with a typically warm but defined Concertgebouw sound. The interpretation is a difficult-to-match combination of warmth and strength, with superbly idiomatic, flexible tempi that never sound contrived - versus, for example, excrable Rattle version with the Berlin PO. These are not "historic" recordings with abominable sound, but some of the best orchestral recordings ever made in arguable the best concert hall in the world. The set also includes his benchmark Strauss, Herman Krebber's classic Beethoven concerto, terrific Tchaikovsky and Bruckner. Missing is Krebbers version of the Brahms violin concerto, which remains my all-time favorite and is still available on CD. Snap it up!" Report Abuse
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