Bernard Haitink

Biography

Born: March 4, 1929   Country: Netherlands  
Born in 1929, Bernard Haitink is regarded as one of the finest conductors of the twentieth century: with a wide repertory, and meticulous, yet exciting, performances. He studied violin at Amsterdam Conservatory, and began his musical career as a violinist in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. At the Conservatory, he studied conducting with Felix Hupka, later taking conducting courses with Ferdinand Leitner. He was eventually named second Read more conductor with the Radio Union, leading four different orchestras or ensembles. He was promoted to principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the age of 27.

After a strong showing in a last-minute replacement at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in Cherubini's Requiem in 1956, the Concertgebouw Orchestra frequently engaged him as a guest conductor. After Eduard van Beinum died, two conductors were named co-principal conductors of the Concertgebouw: Haitink (at 32 the youngest principal conductor ever), and the veteran Eugen Jochum. Two years later, Jochum left, leaving Haitink in charge. He became the principal conductor and then artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, retaining that position until 1979.

He also frequently conducted opera productions in England as music director of the Glyndebourne Festival (1977-1988). He became music director of the Royal Opera in Covent Garden (London) in 1987, and has seen the company through the difficult period when its house was closed for radical renovations through the end of the 1990s.

In 1988 his association with the Concertgebouw Orchestra ended when he resigned in protest over governmental economic measures that in his view, affected the quality of the orchestra. He has increased his guest appearances in the years since, appearing with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which he is the principal guest conductor. Reconciliation with the Concertgebouw occurred several years after his departure when the orchestra named him its Conductor Laureate, the first time the Concertgebouw has bestowed the title, in recognition of his great contribution to their history over a 30-year period. In 1999 they invited him to lead them in a set of Concertgebouw concerts called the "Carte Blanche" Series. In it he led the Royal Opera House Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatkapelle, Berlin Philharmonic, European Union Youth Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Orchestra, as well as the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

He has made a large quantity of records under a wide ranging repertory. These have included complete symphonies of Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Bruckner, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Brahms, and many other works. He has won numerous awards, an honorary British knighthood, and the House Order of Orange-Nassau, given to him by the Queen of the Netherlands. Read less
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  • 1.
    Bernard Haitink - Retrospective
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 213048 Release Date: 12/18/2020   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jard Van Nes,  Sylvia McNair,  Florence Quivar,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ernst Senff Choir,  Tolzer Knabenchor
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    100 Best Choruses
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548471 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  David Munrow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    50 Best Opera Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548163 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Heather Harper,  Thomas Allen,  Elisabeth Gale  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Bernard Haitink,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Karl Böhm  ... 
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    50 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548162 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Stephen Farr,  Han-Na Chang,  Jacqueline Du Pré  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Hill,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
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    Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos & Piano Sonata No. 23 / Schiff, Haitink, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 531753 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
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    Bruckner: Symphonien 1-9 / Berlin Philharmoniker [9 CD + Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 190281 Release Date: 01/17/2020   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Paavo Järvi,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 539882 Release Date: 12/13/2019   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Rudolf Schasching,  Robert Holl,  Peter Richards  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Bernard Haitink,  Daniel Barenboim,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Staatskapelle Dresden  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Haitink, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900180 Release Date: 11/15/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Gerhild Romberger,  Mark Padmore,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Blomstedt, Haitink, Jansons, Maazel, BRSO
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900716 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Mariss Jansons,  Bernard Haitink,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2, Triple Concerto, Etc / Haitink, Pires, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 745 Release Date: 03/01/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Gordan Nikolic,  Tim Hugh,  Lars Vogt
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4834660 Release Date: 03/01/2019   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Anna Reynolds,  Guus Hoekman,  Horst Hoffmann
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Mahler: The Symphonies & Song Cycles / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4834643 Release Date: 03/01/2019   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Aafje Heynis,  Maureen Forrester,  Ileana Cotrubas  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chorus,  St. Willibrod Boy's Choir  ... 
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    Bernard Haitink: Portrait / Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900174 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anton Barachovsky,  Elisabeth [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Kulman,  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Genia Kühmeier  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Choir  ... 
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    Schumann: Cello Concerto & Chamber Works / Capucon, Argerich, Haitink, COE
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 585774 Release Date: 01/25/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Gautier Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Henryk Szeryng: Complete Philips, Mercury and Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4834194 Release Date: 12/07/2018   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Pierre Fournier,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Maurice Hasson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Henryk Szeryng,  Edouard Van Remoortel,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Bernhard Haitink & Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 14002 Release Date: 10/05/2018   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gustav Mahler,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Jard Van Nes,  Charlotte Margiono,  Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    Beethoven: Mass in C & Ode to Joy / Davis, Haitink, London Symphony
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1368 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Sara Mingardo,  John Mark Ainsley,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1358 Release Date: 04/13/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900714 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anja Harteros,  Bernarda Fink,  Gerhild Romberger,  Juliane Banse  ... 
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  Mariss Jansons,  Bernard Haitink,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Choir,  Stuttgart Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 20.
    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Music for Mindfulness / Various
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 4832355 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Debbie Wiseman,  Ola Gjeilo,  Olafur Arnalds,  Luke Howard  ... 
    Performer:  Olafur Arnalds,  Alice Rickards,  Alister Barker,  Luke Howard  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Whitacre,  Paul Mealor,  Stevie Wishart,  Nigel Short  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Lab Collective,  Tenebrae,  Chamber Orchestra of London  ... 
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  • 22.
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 / Haitink, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900147 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Ashkenazy: Complete Concerto Recordings / Various
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831752 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Keith Puddy,  Fou Ts'ong,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Lorin Maazel,  Kiril Kondrashin,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Violin Concerto - Schumann: Piano Quartet / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 17001 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Henk Rubingh,  Emanuel Ax,  Vesko Eschkenazy  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
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  • 25.
    Edition Staatskapelle Dresden, Vol. 40: Weber, Beethoven, Brahms / Haitink, Zimmerman
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 09036 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
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