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
Reger: Violin Concerto / Manfred Scherzer, Herbert Blomstedt
Release Date: 06/18/1996   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 9124   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphony No 8; Schubert: Symphony No 6 / Blomstedt
Release Date: 10/01/2005   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 3228   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 & 6 / Herbert Blomstedt, Et Al
Release Date: 01/02/2007   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 8533   Number of Discs: 1
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Basics - Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 3 / Blomstedt, Et Al
Release Date: 11/06/2007   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 8590   Number of Discs: 1
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Basics - Schubert: Symphonies No 5 & 8 / Blomstedt, Et Al
Release Date: 10/23/2007   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 8562   Number of Discs: 1
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    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  ... 
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    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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    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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    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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  • 5.
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 10.
    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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    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:  Gerhild Romberger,  Simone Schneider,  Richard Croft,  Jochen Kupfer
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 9 / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1215 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 931 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 /  Blomstedt, 	Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 816 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1214 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1115 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Clarinet Concertos / Sabine Meyer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73572 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Stamitz,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Franz Krommer  ... 
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer,  Sergio Azzolini,  Bruno Schneider,  Diethelm Jonas  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk,  Iona Brown,  Jörg Faerber,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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  • 20.
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor; Mendelssohn, Beethoven / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra & Choir [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059234 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ruth Ziesak,  Anna Larsson,  Christoph Genz,  Dietrich Henschel  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Chamber Choir
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  • 22.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706702 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Sir Colin Davis
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  • 23.
    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94289 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 24.
    Best Of Beethoven
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300339 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Doese,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam,  Marga Schiml  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Heinrich Schiff,  Günther Herbig  ... 
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  • 25.
    Best Of Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300338 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Annerose Schmidt,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Siegfried Kurz,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
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