Herbert Blomstedt

Biography

Born: July 11, 1927   Country: Sweden  
Herbert Thorson Blomstedt is a leading conductor, especially famed for his early twentieth century symphonic repertory. He was born in the United States of Swedish parents who moved back to Sweden in 1929. His mother was a pianist who gave him his first music lessons. He took general education courses at the University of Uppsala and music studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He went to Paris for conducting lessons with Igor Read more Markevitch, inheriting something of that maestro's brisk, clear presentation of the music. He continued conducting studies with Jean Morel at the Juilliard School in New York and with Leonard Bernstein at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, where in 1953 he won the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize.

His professional conducting debut was the next year with the Stockholm Philharmonic. The same year, he was appointed music director with the Norrköpping Symphony Orchestra, a well-respected Swedish orchestra. In 1955, he took first prize in the Salzburg conducting competition. He remained in his position with Norrköpping through the 1961 season, following that with the post of first conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic (1962-1968) and frequently conducting the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen. In 1967, he began a long tenure as music director of that orchestra until the end of the season in 1977.

In 1975, Blomstedt was invited by the musicians of the Dresden State Orchestra (Staatskapelle) to become their music director. In that position, he frequently recorded for Western companies as well as the East German state recording company, making especially notable recordings of symphonies of Nielsen and Berwald. During his ten years at the helm, he led the orchestra on well-received international tours.

He was appointed music director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and spent ten years in that position. His time there included a period when the orchestra had to be quickly rebuilt after many of its musicians were split off to form the San Francisco Performing Arts Orchestra, which plays for the opera and ballet. This reorganization took place with no appreciable drop in quality and soon the orchestra was recognized as better than ever. Blomstedt made several notable recordings with it on the London label and he remains conductor laureate of the orchestra.

In 1995, he took a two-year term as chief conductor of the NDR Symphony in Hamburg and in 1998 became music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has guest conducted many of the world's leading orchestras and his recordings have won some of the leading prizes, including the French Grand Prix du Disque and Belgian Caecilia Prize for his San Francisco recording of Nielsen's Fourth and Fifth symphonies and a German Record Critics award for Best Recording of 1995 for Mahler's Symphony No 2. His Grammy Awards include Best Choral Recording for Orff's Carmina Burana and Brahms' German Requiem and Best Classical Engineered Recording for Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Read less
Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Danish National Symphony
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Dacapo  
Catalog: 2110416   Number of Discs: 1
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    Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Danish National Symphony
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 2110416 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Discover Beethoven
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300691 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Dieter Zechlin,  Günter Kootz,  Karl Suske  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Kent Nagano,  Franz Konwitschny,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Discover Film Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300716 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Paul Dukas,  Yann Tiersen  ... 
    Performer:  Jeroen van Veen,  Douw Fonda,  Theo Adam,  Helena Doese  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Heinz Rogner,  Erhard Mauersberger,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  German Brass,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Discover Symphonic Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300718 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Maurice Ravel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Günther Herbig,  Rolf Kleinert,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Bamberg Symphony: The First 70 Years
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002474902 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Carl Seemann,  Pilar Lorengar,  Gottlob Frick  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Fritz Lehmann,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Richard Krauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Weber: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Concertino; Clarinet Quintet
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552130 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jörg Faerber
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  • 8.
    Adagios: The Most Relaxing Classical Music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms & Schubert
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94994 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Goldstein,  Burkhard Glaetzner,  Klára Würtz,  Shoko Sugitani  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Ludwig Güttler,  Theodore Kuchar,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig,  Prima La Musica  ... 
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  • 9.
    Schubert Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94870 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 69
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Suzanne Lautenbacher,  György Pauk,  Peter Frankl,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jörg Faerber,  Andreas Weiser,  Romano Gandolfi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Bell'Arte Trio  ... 
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  • 10.
    Janos Starker Plays Hindemith, Prokofiev, Rautavaara
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94227 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  János Starker
    Conductor:  Andreas von Lukacsy,  Ernest Bour,  Herbert Blomstedt
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  • 11.
    Nielsen: Complete Symphonies, Maskarade
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002161202 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Lars Pedersen,  Michael W Hansen,  Bo Anker Hansen  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Ulf Schirmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Choir  ... 
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  • 12.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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  • 14.
    Beethoven: Leonore / Blomstedt, Moser, Cassilly
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94868 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Edda Moser,  Siegfried Lorenz,  Gunter Emmerlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 15.
    Strauss: Complete Tone Poems & Concertos [13-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002010402 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Arthur David Krehbiel,  Raymond Kobler,  Heinrich Schiff,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Antal Doráti,  Kurt Masur,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Herbert Blomstedt - The San Francisco Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002032302 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Berwald,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Jard Van Nes,  Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz,  Wolfgang Holzmair,  Wendy Hoffman  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Girls Chorus  ... 
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  • 17.
    Weber: Symphonies, Overtures, Concertos / Blomstedt, Marriner, Tortelier
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94698 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Emma Johnson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Gerard Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Schubert: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94693 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 20.
    Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1230 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Hindemith: Die Harmonie Der Welt Symphony, Octet / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001888902 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Vienna Octet members
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  • 22.
    Reger: Concertos, Suites, Variations, Sacred Songs, Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94663 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Max Reger
    Performer:  Heinz Schunk,  Karl Suske,  Walter Hartwich,  Annelies Burmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Franz Konwitschny,  Heinz Bongartz,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 23.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1237 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Richard Croft,  Jochen Kupfer,  Gerhild Romberger,  Simone Schneider
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
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  • 24.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 7: 2000-2010
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss,  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Godfried Hoogeveen,  Lars Vogt,  Jorgen Van Rijen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lorin Maazel,  Claus Peter Flor,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 8 / Blomstedt, Et Al
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 604 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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