Kent Nagano

Composers

Biography

Born: November 22, 1951; Morro Bay, CA  
Given the impact of his career upon music, it seems incredible that Kent Nagano almost became a lawyer. Despite thorough musical training beginning at age six and obvious talent, Nagano simultaneously worked toward degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in sociology and music in 1974 before moving on to San Francisco State University in 1976 to study law. There, composition courses with Grosvenor Cooper and Roger Nixon turned him Read more toward music, and an encounter with Laszlo Varga -- former first cellist of the New York Philharmonic under Walter, Mitropoulos, and Bernstein -- prompted him toward conducting. Though he no longer composes, Nagano has said, "While I seemed to be quite able from the point of view of craftsmanship, I was not very good at the creative aspects! However, having the skills of composition only increases the admiration that one can have for the exceptionally talented who have composed great works." His apprenticeship was spent under Sarah Caldwell at the Opera Company of Boston from 1977 to 1979, where he eventually became assistant conductor. In 1978 he was named music director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, a post he has continuously held. It was with the Berkeley Symphony in 1982 where he led the first American performance of Pfitzner's opera Palestrina. As assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he stood in, without rehearsal, to conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in 1984. An adventurous spirit and a major interpretive grasp were clearly at work. These traits were confirmed when Olivier Messiaen tapped Nagano to assist Seiji Ozawa in preparing the world premiere of his sprawling, luminous opera Saint Françoise d'Assisse in 1984, a work Nagano later recorded. His years as musical director of the Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998) were marked by a number of distinguished premieres (including Peter Eötvös' opera Three Sisters, which he commissioned) and recordings, among the latter, Debussy's abandoned opera Rodrigue et Chimčne, John Adams' Death of Klinghoffer, Busoni's comic opera double bill of Arlecchino and Turandot, and his testament, the unfinished Doktor Faust (with alternate completions by Philipp Jarnach and Antony Beaumont). As music director of the Hallé Orchestra from 1991-2000, he recorded John Adams' El Nińo and the four-act version of Britten's Billy Budd. Nagano is a frequent guest conductor with the world's greatest orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Russian National Orchestra. He was named music advisor to the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal for 2004-05. Read less
Brahms: Symphonie No. 4; Schoenberg: Variations / Nagano
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 951884   Number of Discs: 1
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Concertos Francais Pour Trompette / Merkelo, Nagano, Montreal
Release Date: 02/17/2015   Label: Analekta  
Catalog: 29847   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto No 1 / Nagano
Release Date: 09/23/2003   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186022   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Kodama, Nagano, Russian National
Release Date: 10/28/2003   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186026   Number of Discs: 1
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Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Nagano, Sophia Loren, Et Al
Release Date: 09/23/2003   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Jose Van Dam - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619049 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Ibert,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Rosalind Plowright,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Dalton Baldwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Kent Nagano,  Michel Plasson,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Concertos Francais Pour Trompette / Merkelo, Nagano, Montreal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29847 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Tomasi,  Alfred Desenclos,  André Jolivet
    Performer:  Paul Merkelo
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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    Brahms: Symphonie No. 4; Schoenberg: Variations / Nagano
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951884 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Samy Moussa: Cyclus
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 40409 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samy Moussa
    Performer:  Emanuele Torquati
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Samy Moussa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Armida Quartet
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    Beethoven: The Piano Concertos; Triple Concerto / Kodama, Nagano
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300597 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Kolja Blacher,  Johannes Moser
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Wagner: Lohengrin / Nagano, Kaufmann, Harteros, Koch, Schuster [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002247759 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Evgeny Nikitin,  Michaela Schuster,  Anja Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Shoka: Japanese Children's Songs
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29131 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Diana Damrau
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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    Bruckner: Symphonie No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951817 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8 / Nagano, Bavarian State Orchestra
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108074 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Wolf: Prometheus, Orchestral Lieder / Nagano, Banse, Henschel
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501837 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Juliane Banse
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108076 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 12.
    Darius Milhaud - Une Vie Heureuse [10-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 634844 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Noel Lee,  Christian Ivaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Georges Prętre,  Georges Tzipine,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 13.
    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Bruckner: Viii. Symphonie 1887 Urfassung
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108075 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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    Mussorgsky:  Boris Godunov  / Nagano,  Tsymbalyuk, Sokolik, Nakamura, Grotzinger,   Siegel, Eiche
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Alexander Tsymbalyuk,  Gerhard Siegel,  Eri Nakamura,  Markus Eiche  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky:  Boris Godunov  / Nagano,  Tsymbalyuk, Sokolik, Nakamura, Grotzinger,   Siegel, Eiche [blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 402 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Eri Nakamura,  Gerhard Siegel,  Alexander Tsymbalyuk,  Markus Eiche  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Kiri Te Kanawa - Opera Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564635295 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gustave Charpentier,  Claude Debussy,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Roger Vignoles,  Andrew Schulman
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Jeffrey Tate,  Julius Rudel,  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Brahms - Romanticism & Formal Genius
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908401 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alessandro Carbonare,  Luc Héry,  Florence Binder,  Nicolas Böne  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Kent Nagano,  Jiri Belohlávek,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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  • 19.
    Beethoven: Christus Am Olberge / Nagano, Orgonasova, Domingo
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501802 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Placido Domingo,  Andreas Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 20.
    Chin: Alice In Wonderland / Nagano [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072414 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unsuk Chin
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Guy de Mey,  Dietrich Henschel,  Steven Humes  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Children's Choir
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  • 21.
    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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  • 22.
    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Adams: El Nino / Nagano, Upshaw, Hunt Lieberson, White
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101669 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Willard White,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 24.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto In A; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Lugansky, Nagano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Mahler: Orchestral Songs / Gerhaher, Nagano, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 370133 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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