Günther Herbig

Biography

Born: November 30, 1931; Ustí-nad-Labem, Czechoslovakia  
Gunther Herbig established himself as one of the leading conductors in East Germany, and, after he appeared in the West, as an exceptional interpreter of classic repertory and new Central European music.

Although born in Czechoslovakia, Herbig is of German background. He conducted under Abendroth in Weimar at the Franz Liszt Hochschule. He had further conducting studies with Scherchen, Karajan, and Jansons.

In 1962 he was
Read more appointed conductor of the German National Theater in Weimar, and also led the two orchestras of the College of Music there (1957 - 1962). His theatrical conducting continued at the Hans Otto Theater of Potsdam, where he was music director from 1962 to 1966. In the latter year he switched his emphasis to concert conducting when he became a conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. He held that position through 1973.

Meanwhile, in 1972 he had been appointed principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to the Berlin Symphony, this time as principal conductor, in 1977.

In 1983 he was able to leave East Germany. He had guest conducted in western Europe as early as 1973, but now his continuous presence attracted attention, and he became noted for incisive performances of the major Germanic classics, to which he brought strong, disciplined playing and a strong sense of continuity with the classical tradition. (On the occasions when a performance misses, it is generally in the direction of being heavy or pedantic, but these are rare lapses.)

Settling in North America, he became music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1983 - 1989) and then artistic advisor (1988 - 1989) and musical director (1989 - 1994) of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

He became the principal guest conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague in 1992. Since 1990 he has taught conducting at Yale University in Connecticut. Read less
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  • 1.
    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Discover Symphonic Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300718 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Maurice Ravel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Günther Herbig,  Rolf Kleinert,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Dark Hours: Mystic Moments Of Classical Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300613 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Lorenz,  Elka Mitzewa,  Cécile Ousset,  Rosemarie Lang  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Otmar Suitner,  Norman Shetler,  Witold Rowicki  ... 
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    I Magnifici Della Musica Classica: Beethoven
    Label: Saifam (Usa)   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Cristina Ortiz,  Michael Roll
    Conductor:  Claire Gibault,  Günther Herbig,  Mark Ermler,  Raymond Leppard
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    Hanns Eisler Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9430 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Hanns Eisler
    Performer:  Gisela May,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Walter Olbertz,  Gerhard Erber  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Krtschil,  Max Pommer,  Heinz Rögner,  Adolf Fritz Guhl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra members,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94860 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 58
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Cécile Ousset,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmy Verhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Günther Herbig,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Paul Dessau Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9440 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Paul Dessau,  Hanns Eisler
    Performer:  Walter Olbertz,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Roswitha Trexler,  Siegfried Hermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rolf Kleinert,  Otmar Suitner,  Paul Dessau,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Reger: Concertos, Suites, Variations, Sacred Songs, Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94663 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Max Reger
    Performer:  Heinz Schunk,  Karl Suske,  Walter Hartwich,  Annelies Burmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Franz Konwitschny,  Heinz Bongartz,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Haydn: Die Tageszeiten (
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24272 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Best Of Brahms
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300344 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Bruno Canino,  Jan Vogler,  Peter Rösel,  Amadeus Webersinke  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Hartwig Eschenburg,  Günther Herbig,  Helmut Koch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Solistenvereinigung
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    Best Of Mendelssohn
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300341 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Günther Herbig,  Staatskapelle Berlin,  Kurt Masur,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Kurt Masur,  Gothart Stier,  Helmut Koch  ... 
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    Best Of Beethoven
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300339 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Helena Doese  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Heinrich Schiff,  Günther Herbig  ... 
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    Gute Nacht, Schlafe Sacht: Klassische Musik Fur Kinder (Good Night, Sleep Tight)
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300346 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Pistorius,  Norman Shetler,  Igor Oistrakh,  Peter Rösel  ... 
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Franz Konwitschny,  Václav Neumann,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind Soloists
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    Kinderklassik: Classical Music For Children, Vol. 2
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300347 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Claude Debussy,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Hans Sotin,  Georgine Resick,  Gerhard Erber  ... 
    Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Bernhard Klee,  Kurt Masur  ... 
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    Beethoven: The Creatures Of Prometheus, Ritterballett / Herbig, Staatskapelle Berlin
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300307 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    Operetta Collection
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300251 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Eduard Künneke,  Franz Lehár,  Karl Millöcker  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Rögner,  Johannes Widlak,  Rudolf Neuhaus,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchester Der Landesbühnen Sachsen,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Sensual Classics: Children's Symphony
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300259 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Leopold Mozart,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Norman Shetler,  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Günther Herbig
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    Sensual Classics: Desire
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300254 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Antonín Dvorák,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Georges Sebastian,  Herbert Kegel,  Arthur Apelt,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
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    Sensual Classics: Romance
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300255 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Pistorius,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Nora Koch,  Renate Schorler  ... 
    Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Günther Herbig,  Herbert Kegel,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gitarren-Duo Klaus & Rainer Feldmann
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    Sensual Classics: Vision
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300258 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Franz Konwitschny,  Kurt Masur,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
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  • 22.
    Kinderklassik: Classical Music For Children
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300243 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Olivier Messiaen,  Claude Debussy,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Werner Tast,  Peter Rösel  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Helmut Koch,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
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  • 23.
    Wind Concertos - Albinoni, Bellini, Crusell, Krommer
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94100 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Smith,  Stefan Schilli,  Tanja Becker-Bender,  Giovanni de Angeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Ledger,  Nicol Matt,  Marien Van Staalen,  Alberto Veronesi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica ad Rhenum,  Rotterdam Amadeus Ensemble,  Konzertensemble Salzburg  ... 
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  • 24.
    Beethoven Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300204 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam,  Helena Doese,  Igor Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Heinrich Schiff,  Günther Herbig  ... 
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  • 25.
    Danse Macabre: Dances At Dusk From Liszt To Stravinsky
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300103 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Gustav Mahler,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Süher Pekinel,  Güher Pekinel,  Nelson Freire,  Christian Funke  ... 
    Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Günther Herbig,  Herbert Kegel,  Heinz Rögner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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