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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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  • 51.
    Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Nagano, Gritton, Vernhes, Isokoski [Blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 461 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Alain Vernhes,  Bernard Richter,  Susan Gritton,  Sylvie Brunet  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 52.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501858 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Sylvia Greenberg,  Sally Matthews,  Lynne Dawson  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Windsbach Boys Choir,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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  • 53.
    Mahler: Ruckert-lieder; Kindertotenlieder; Wunderhorn-lieder
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675389 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Beethoven - Gods, Heroes And Men / Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 85737 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Stravinsky Ballets
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49844 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anthony [Tenor Vocal] Rolfe Johnson,  Robert Johnston,  Elaine Donohoe
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Kent Nagano,  Simon Rattle
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  • 56.
    Berlin Opera Night / Nagano, Berlin Deutsche Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053589 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Galouzine,  Anne Schwanewilms,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Angelika Kirchschlager  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Puccini: La Boheme / Nagano, Te Kanawa, Leech, Ambrosian Singers, LSO
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 80179 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Alan Ewing,  Richard Leech,  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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  • 58.
    Bernstein: Theatre Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001476602 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Tyne Daly,  Cleo Laine,  Samuel Ramey,  Frederica Von Stade  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Leonard Bernstein,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 59.
    Delibes: Coppelia / Nagano, Lyon National Opera Ballet
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1485 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 / Nagano, Peckova, Deutsches Symphonie
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4681617 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dagmar Pecková
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Frauen Der Rundfunkchor Berlin,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 61.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Nagano, Kaufmann, Harteros, Koch, Schuster
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001434009 Release Date: 06/22/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Michaela Schuster,  Anja Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Wolfgang Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Nagano, L’opera De Lyon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4681380 Release Date: 06/15/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Steven Cole,  Anne Collins,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 63.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Nagano, Ventris, Meier, Salminen, Hampson
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7063 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Christopher Ventris,  Matti Salminen,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Festival Choir,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Massenet: Werther / Nagano, Hadley, Upshaw, Von Otter, Theruel, Lyon Opera Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4682891 Release Date: 04/19/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Dawn Upshaw,  Jerry Hadley
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Chorus,  Lyon National Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 / Fellner, Nagano, Montreal SO
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001397502 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Till Fellner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    The Legend Of The Orchestra
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 94539 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Georges Prętre,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina / Soffel, Nylund, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072428 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Paata Burchuladze,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  John Daszak,  Doris Soffel  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Kent Nagano, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 736881 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Vogt, Kringelborn, Nagano, Berlin Deutsches SO [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7026 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Tom Fox,  Solveig Kringelborn,  Waltraud Meier,  Hans-Peter König  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Chorakademie,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 71.
    Unsuk Chin: Violin Concerto, Rocana / Nagano, Hagner
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29944 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unsuk Chin
    Performer:  Viviane Hagner
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Gemini - Martin: Mass For Double Chorus, Polyptique, Ballades / Ericson, Menuhin, Bream, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64344 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Simon Preston,  Osian Ellis,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Edmond de Stoutz,  Kent Nagano,  Eric Ericson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kodama, Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 2995 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 74.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Ainsley, Breslik, Nagano
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072448 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Pavol Breslik,  John Mark Ainsley,  Annette Dasch  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 75.
    Puccini Arias & Songs / Te Kanawa
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 517451 Release Date: 01/27/2009   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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