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Cord Garben

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Born: 1943; Bad Homburg  
Within the Classical recording industry, Cord Garben was for years better known as a record producer than as a pianist or conductor. In fact, he won eight Grammy awards for various recordings he produced. Veteran record collectors will remember his name from the many von Karajan, Fischer-Dieskau, and Michelangeli recordings he oversaw for the Deutsche Grammophon label beginning in the 1970s. But Garben has been active as a pianist throughout his Read more career as well, typically as an accompanist to singers and as a conductor. In recent decades Garben has amassed a discography of his own, accompanying some of the leading singers of the day in lieder repertory -- Anne Sofie von Otter, Hildegard Behrens, Brigitte Fassbaender, Andreas Schmidt, Thomas Allen, and many others -- and as a conductor and solo pianist in rarely encountered repertory (piano sonatas of Carl Loewe). Garben has also partnered instrumentalists, most notably the violinist Gottfried Schneider in Godowski's 12 Impressions for Violin and Piano on the Etcetera label. Garben has recorded for DG, Naxos, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, CPO, Orfeo, and Hänssler Classics.

Cord Garben was born in Bad Homburg, Germany, in 1943. He studied music at the Academy of Music and Theater in Hanover and after graduation served as a vocal coach at the Niedersächsische Staatstheater there. He soon began appearing in concert as accompanist to singers and was then taken on by Deutsche Grammophon as a recording producer.

In 1975 he served as executive producer on the acclaimed multi-disc complete DG set of Schumann lieder sung by Fischer-Dieskau. Garben would produce many more Fischer-Dieskau recordings, as well as several by Rostropovich, Michelangeli and von Karajan, including the maestro's first collaborations with Anne-Sophie Mutter in 1978 (the Mozart Violin Concertos No. 3 and No. 5).

In 1986 Garben was appointed director of vocal productions for Deutsche Grammophon. By then he was already well known as a pianist and conductor. In 1989 Garben led the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in a collaboration with pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli on an acclaimed DG disc of Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 20 and No. 25.

Throughout the 1990s and into the new century Garben remained active in both the concert hall and recording studio. In the latter realm he worked on a 21-CD set on the CPO label of the complete songs of Carl Loewe, with singers Andreas Schmidt, Kurt Moll, Ruth Ziesak, and others. Read less
Weill: Die Sieben Todsünden, Etc / Garben, Fassbaender
Release Date: 04/11/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord  
Catalog: 1951420   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Masters Of The Modern Age I: Music From The Time Of Degas, Cezanne, And Van Gogh
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503269 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Michaël Levinas,  Arnaldo Cohen,  Hidenori Komatsu  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Hervé Niquet,  Johannes Wildner,  Cord Garben  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ludwig
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    Weill: Die Sieben Todsünden, Etc / Garben, Fassbaender
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951420 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Cord Garben,  Karl-Heinz Brandt,  Hans Sojer  ... 
    Conductor:  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
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    Art And Music - Van Gogh - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558068 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Michaël Levinas,  Arnaldo Cohen,  Hidenori Komatsu
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Hervé Niquet,  Johannes Wildner,  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Quatuor Ludwig,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    J.s. Bach: Toccata And Fugue, Etc / Sefika Kutluer, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1114 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sefika Kutluer,  Gesine Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
    Conductor:  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members
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    Mozart, Beethoven, Et Al / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000001602 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
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    Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Etc /Komatsu, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554164 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Hidenori Komatsu
    Conductor:  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler/Berio, Strauss: Orchesterlieder / Andreas Schmidt
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61184 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Andreas Schmidt
    Conductor:  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Hindemith: Das Marienleben (1948), Songs / Ziesak, Eisenlohr, Garben
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999331 Release Date: 04/08/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr,  Ruth Ziesak
    Conductor:  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Van Gogh: Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2050 Release Date: 02/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Michaël Levinas,  Arnaldo Cohen,  Hidenori Komatsu
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Hervé Niquet,  Johannes Wildner,  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Quatuor Ludwig,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 25 / Michelangeli, Garben, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429353 Release Date: 11/10/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 13 & 15 / Michelangeli, Garben, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431097 Release Date: 10/08/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
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