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
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
Release Date: 11/01/2019   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 96040   Number of Discs: 5
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Schubert: Complete Symphonies & Rosamunde / Boskovsky, Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
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Catalog: 96044   Number of Discs: 5
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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94289   Number of Discs: 5
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    Brahms: Symphony No. 1 & Tragic Overture / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186850 Release Date: 09/25/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Leonore / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 301499 Release Date: 04/17/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Richard Cassilly,  Helen Donath,  Eberhard Büchner,  Edda Moser  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Staatskapelle Dresden
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    Mozart: Complete Wind Concertos & Serenades
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 96111 Release Date: 02/07/2020   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Marc Grauwels,  Giselle Herbert,  Johannes Walter  ... 
    Conductor:  Siegfried Kurz,  Bernard Labadie,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Les Violons du Roy,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
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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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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6502150 Release Date: 01/17/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
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    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 96040 Release Date: 11/01/2019   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Helena Döse
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    Schubert: Complete Symphonies & Rosamunde / Boskovsky, Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 96044 Release Date: 11/01/2019   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Willi Boskovsky,  Horst Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 7, 9 & Triple Concerto / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 70497 Release Date: 09/20/2019   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Simona Saturová,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Christian Elsner,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 7, 9 & Triple Concerto / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 60497 Release Date: 09/20/2019   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mihoko Fujimura,  Simona Saturová,  Christian Elsner,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Blomstedt, Bamberg Symphony
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 30477 Release Date: 06/21/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg 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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    Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2 & Serenade / Blomstedt, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2424 Release Date: 01/04/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Stenhammar
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 / Blomstedt, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900164 Release Date: 09/07/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Janos Starker Plays Hindemith, Prokofiev & Rautavaara
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19418 Release Date: 05/18/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  János Starker
    Conductor:  Andreas von Lukacsy,  Ernest Bour,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Waltz Gold: 50 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832499 Release Date: 11/10/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz Lehár,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nelson Freire,  Anton Karas,  Katia Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu,  Neeme Järvi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach: Mass in B Minor / Blomstedt
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: ACC20415 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elisabeth Kulman,  Christina Landshamer,  Wolfram Lattke,  Luca Pisaroni
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Chamber Choir
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    Bach: Mass in B Minor / Blomstedt [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: ACC10415 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christina Landshamer,  Elisabeth Kulman,  Wolfram Lattke,  Luca Pisaroni
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Chamber Choir
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition 2017
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95510 Release Date: 10/01/2017   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 80322 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Simona Saturová,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Christian Elsner,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,  Gewandhauschor,  Gewandhauskinderchor
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  • 20.
    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / Blomstedt, Gewandhaus-orchester Leipzig [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10413 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20413 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Symphony No. 5 / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20411 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Martin Helmchen
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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  • 23.
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Symphony No. 5 / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10411 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Isabelle Faust,  Martin Helmchen
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20381 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christian Elsner,  Simona Saturová,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,  Gewandhauschor,  Gewandhauskinderchor
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10381 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Simona Saturová,  Christian Elsner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,  Gewandhauschor,  Gewandhauskinderchor
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