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Kent Nagano

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
Bruckner: Symphonie No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 951817   Number of Discs: 1
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Wolf: Prometheus, Orchestral Lieder / Nagano, Banse, Henschel
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 501837   Number of Discs: 1
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John Adams: El Nińo / Nagano, Upshaw, White, Et Al
Release Date: 08/28/2001   Label: Nonesuch  
Catalog: 79634   Number of Discs: 2
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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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Kent Nagano - Seeking New Shores
Release Date: 01/29/2008   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101809   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    Bedtime Beats - The Secret To Sleep
    Label: Rhino Records   Catalog: 77617 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Jean-François Heisser  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Yutaka Sado,  Armin Jordan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Prokofiev: L'Amour des 3 Oranges / Kent Nagano, Lyon Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58694 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Jules Bastin,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Didier Henry,  Jean-Luc Viala  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 103.
    Schreker: Die Gezeichneten / Hale, Volle, Schone, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055298 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schreker
    Performer:  Anne Schwanewilms,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Michael Volle,  Robert Hale  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Night Of Rhythm & Dance / Nagano, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2050526 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ji-Ping Jhao,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Isao Matsushita  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Graham,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Mari Kodama,  Momo Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Messiaen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62162 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Jeanne Loriod,  Yvonne Loriod,  Dominique Kim,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcel Couraud,  Kent Nagano,  Marius Constant,  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Chamber Orchestra,  ORTF Women's Chorus,  ORTF Chorus  ... 
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  • 106.
    Century Vol 20 - Music Of Today
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908182 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ohana,  György Ligeti,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Josčphe Jude,  Lawrence Power,  Philippe Bernold,  Alexandre Tharaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Luciano Berio,  Josep Pons,  Kent Nagano,  Paul Hillier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musique Vivante Ensemble,  Chorale Experimentale,  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    Wolf: Prometheus, Etc / Nagano, Banse, Hensche, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901837 Release Date: 02/14/2006   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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  • 108.
    Missa - The Finest Masses In Musical History
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908183 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Frank Martin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  Philip Mayers,  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Steve Davislim  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Daniel Reuss,  Kent Nagano,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Berlin Cathedral Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  ... 
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  • 109.
    Super Audio Cd Sampler Vol 2
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186086 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried August Homilius,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Bram Beekman,  Andrew Marriner,  Julia Fischer,  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Ed Spanjaard,  Simon Murphy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 110.
    Berlin Opera Night / Banse, Bumbry, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053588 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jules Massenet,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Castronovo,  Vladimir Galusin,  Vesselina Kasarova,  Grace Bumbry  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Varese: Ameriques, Offrandes, Hyperprism, Etc / Nagano
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4620872 Release Date: 06/06/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edgard Varčse
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  Nicholas Isherwood,  Philippe Pierlot
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra members,  ORTF Men's Chorus
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  • 112.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Ventris, Meier, Nagano, et al
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 915 Release Date: 05/17/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Tom Fox,  Matti Salminen,  Christopher Ventris,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Festival Choir,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Michael Torke - Five
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92205 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Performer:  Phillip Bush
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Michael Torke,  Lothar Zagrosek,  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Apollo Saxophone Quartet
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  • 114.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring / Nagano, London Po
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82003 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Britten: Owen Wingrave / Finley, Savidge, Marlton, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2923 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Savidge,  Martyn Hill,  Gerald Finley,  Josephine Barstow
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Michael Torke - Four
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92204 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Conductor:  Jurjen Hempel,  Lothar Zagrosek,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Volharding Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 117.
    Michael Torke - Ecstatic Collection
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92299 Release Date: 11/02/2004   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Valdine Anderson,  Kurt Ollmann,  John Harle  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Michael Torke,  Edo De Waart,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Argo Band,  Netherlands Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 118.
    Artist Portrait - Kiri Te Kanawa
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61590 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Legrand,  Giacomo Puccini,  Traditional,  Rebecca Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Richard Leech,  Alan Titus,  Gino Quilico  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Legrand,  Kent Nagano,  Robin Stapleton,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Studio Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 119.
    Super Audio Cd Sampler
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186043 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Xaver Richter  ... 
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Bram Beekman,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Malcom Lowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Simon Murphy,  Ed Spanjaard,  Marco Boni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra,  New Dutch Academy,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 120.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Kodama, Nagano, Russian National
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186026 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Loewe,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Nagano, Sophia Loren, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186012 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Sophia Loren,  Mikhail Gorbachev,  Bill Clinton
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf;  Beintus / Gorbachev, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186011 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Pascal Beintus,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Bill Clinton,  Sophia Loren
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto No 1 / Nagano
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186022 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Delibes: Coppelia Highlights / Nagano, Lyon Opera Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4603652 Release Date: 06/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes
    Performer:  Anton Kholodenko,  Vasko Vassilev
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Beintus: The Butterfly Tree - Kent Nagano, Joan Baez, Et Al
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 05/06/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Pascal Beintus
    Performer:  Joan Baez,  Joy Carlin,  Julia Butterfly Hill
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
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