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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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7 & 8 / Nagano, Bavarian State Orchestra
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Farao  
Catalog: 108074   Number of Discs: 4
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Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne Vol 2 / Upshaw, Nagano
Release Date: 09/16/1997   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 17577   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Eotvos: Three Sisters / Nagano, Lyon Opera Orchestra
    Label: Budapest Music Center/Bmc (Hungary)   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Eötvös
    Performer:  Jan Alofs,  Gary Boyce,  Vyacheslav Kagan-Palei,  Nikita Storojev  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina / Vogt, Soffel, Burchuladze , Nylund, Nagano [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072424 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Valery Alexeev,  Paata Burchuladze,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  John Daszak  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 28.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072444 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Guy de Mey,  Rainer Trost,  Annette Dasch,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 29.
    Bernstein: Mass / Hadley, Nagano, German SO Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501840 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  Sigurd Brauns,  Tobias Lehmann
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Cathedral Chorus,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  ... 
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  • 30.
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto No 3 / Kodama, Blacher, Moser, Nagano
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300331 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama,  Johannes Moser,  Kolja Blacher
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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  • 31.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos, Etc / Nagano, Price, Jo, Schafer
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 59867 Release Date: 06/05/2012   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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  • 32.
    Human Misery, Human Love - Beethoven: Symphony No  9 / Nagano, Montreal Symphony
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191944 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4; Scriabin: Promethee / Lefevre, Nagano, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29288 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or / Nagano, Schagidullin, Trifonova, Orchestre De Paris [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108053 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Olga Trifonova,  Andrei Breus,  Albert Schagidullin,  Elena Manistina
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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  • 35.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 6 / Nagano, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951901 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 36.
    In 'n' Out: Every Moment Has Its Music
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96102 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau,  Alvaro Pierri,  Elizabeth Dolin,  Bernadene Blaha  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorraine Desmarais,  Kent Nagano,  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio,  Montreal Jazz Club,  Duo Gaulin-Riverin  ... 
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  • 37.
    Seeds
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96046 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Niccolň Paganini,  Jules Massenet,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau,  James Ehnes,  Yekwon Sunwoo,  Benjamin Beilman  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Rescigno,  Yoav Talmi,  Ivan Marinov,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta,  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 38.
    The Spanish Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 671885 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Enrique Granados,  Francisco Tarrega,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Jean-François Heisser,  Wolfgang Lendle,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier,  Armin Jordan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
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  • 39.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 7   / Nagano, Bavarian State Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 790945 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Choral Works - Bach, Biber, Brahms, Faure, Krenek, Mahler, Monteverdi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908520 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Peter Kooy,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Marcus Creed,  Kent Nagano,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Musique Oblique,  Les Petits Chanteurs de St. Louis  ... 
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  • 41.
    In The Breath Of Time - Beethoven: Symphonies No 6 & 8 / Nagano, Montreal SO
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 792360 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    PentaTone - The First 10 Years
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186500 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Fischer,  Sa Chen,  Arabella Steinbacher,  Bram Beekman  ... 
    Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg,  Simon Murphy,  Lawrence Foster,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Russian National Orchestra,  Chamber Soloists of The New Dutch Academy  ... 
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  • 43.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka; Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 73174 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Beethoven Le Souffle Du Temps / Nagano
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 946943 Release Date: 09/13/2011  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Britten: Double Concerto, Two Portraits, Etc / Nagano, Kremer, Bashmet
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 673917 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Gidon Kremer,  Lyn Fletcher,  Nikolai Lugansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Puccini: Arias & Songs / Te Kanawa, Vignoles, Nagano
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 673914 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Roger Vignoles
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Britten: Billy Budd  / Nagano, Holland, Rolfe Johnson, Burden, Halle Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4672660 Release Date: 08/02/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Ashley Holland,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Andrew Burden,  Martyn Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Manchester Cathedral Choir Boys,  Hallé City Chorus  ... 
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  • 48.
    Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Nagano, Alagna, Dessay, Van Dam
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4672665 Release Date: 08/02/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Catherine Dubosc,  Doris Lamprecht,  José Van Dam,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Chorus,  Lyon National Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or / Nagano, Schagidullin, Trifonova, Orchestre De Paris, Mariinsky Theatre Chorus
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107387 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Olga Trifonova,  Andrei Breus,  Albert Schagidullin,  Elena Manistina
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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    Ibert: Divertissement; Escales; Symphonie Marine; Flute Concerto
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94693 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Leonard Brain,  Stephen Waters,  Gareth Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux,  Leopold Stokowski,  Robert Irving,  David Zinman  ... 
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