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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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  • 126.
    Baby Play - Classical Favorites For Toddler's Playtime
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 46031 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  David Pyatt,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Turibio Santos  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Yutaka Sado,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon  ... 
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  • 127.
    Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4092 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Rudolf Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 128.
    Adams: El Nińo / Nagano, Upshaw, White, Lieberson, Et Al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100221 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Dawn Upshaw,  Willard White
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 129.
    Bruch: Concerto For Clarinet, Viola And Orchestra / Nagano
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89229 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé,  Francois-René Duchable,  Paul Meyer
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 130.
    John Adams: El Nińo / Nagano, Upshaw, White, Et Al
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79634 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Willard White,  Dawn Upshaw,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Theatre of Voices  ... 
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  • 131.
    The Classics - Stravinsky: The Firebird / Nagano, London So
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61848 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie / Nagano, Aimard, Kim, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 82043 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Dominique Kim
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Mahler: Symphony No 3 / Nagano, Deutsches Symphonie Berlin
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 82354 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dagmar Pecková,  Joachim Pliquett,  Andreas Klein
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Female Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Hanover Boys' Choir
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  • 134.
    Bernstein: A White House Cantata / Hampson, Anderson, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463448 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Kenneth Tarver,  June Anderson,  Barbara Hendricks,  Victor Acquah  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 135.
    20/21  Eötvös: Three Sisters / Nagano, Eötvös, Opéra De Lyon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459694 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Eötvös
    Performer:  Oleg Riabets,  Albert Schagidullin,  Marc Duguay,  Gary Boyce  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Lalo, Chausson, Ravel / Vadim Repin, Kent Nagano, London SO
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 27314 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Chausson,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Vadim Repin
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 137.
    20/21  Messiaen: Saint François D'assise / Nagano, Van Dam
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445176 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  John Aler,  Akos Banlaky,  Dirk D'Ase,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 138.
    Simply The Best Night At The Opera / Algana, Bartoli, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26499 Release Date: 07/06/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Annick Massis,  Marilyn Horne,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Marc Minkowski,  Lawrence Foster,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Le Concert des Tuileries,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 139.
    Kraft: Timpani Concerto, Piano Concerto, Etc / Akins, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 06/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Kraft
    Performer:  Jeff von der Schmidt,  Mona Golabek,  Thomas Akins
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Paul Polivnick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berkeley Symphony Orchestra,  Alabama Symphony Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka;  Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 23142 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 141.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos, Etc / Nagano, Price, Jo, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45111 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Ernst Theo Richter,  Gösta Winbergh,  Markus Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 142.
    Massenet: Werther / Nagano, Von Otter, Hadley, Upshaw
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 17790 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Chorus,  Lyon National Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne Vol 2 / Upshaw, Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 17577 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Emmanuel,  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Ravel: Ma Mčre L'oye, Etc / Nagano, Opera National De Lyon
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 14331 Release Date: 01/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Britten: The Rescue Of Penelope, Phaedra / Nagano, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 12713 Release Date: 06/11/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Peter Worrall,  Janet Simpson,  William Dazeley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Adams: Violin Concerto, Shaker Loops / Kremer, Nagano
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79360 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  John Adams,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, Etc / Kent Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 98479 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Puccini: La Boheme / Nagano, Te Kanawa, Leech
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 10699 Release Date: 10/03/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Alan Titus,  Gino Quilico,  Roberto Scandiuzzi,  Carlos Chausson  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir
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  • 149.
    Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Kent Nagano, Patrick Stewart
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 97418 Release Date: 11/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Patrick Stewart
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne / Upshaw, Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 96559 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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