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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Immortal Romance: Tunes Of Timeless Passion From Bach To Rachmaninov
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300104 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Max Reger,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Pohl,  Dieter Zechlin,  Günter Kootz,  Jan Vogler  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Heinz Rögner,  Gerhart Wiesenhütter,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    In Fremden Landern (Foreign Lands)
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300087 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Güher Pekinel,  Süher Pekinel,  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Günther Herbig,  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Heinz Rögner  ... 
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  • 29.
    Lustige Geschichten (Funny Stories)
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300085 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Albert Lortzing,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Hans Sotin,  Georgine Resick,  Gerhard Erber  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Klee,  Kurt Masur,  Claus Peter Flor,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
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  • 30.
    Marchenstunde: Fairytale Hours
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300088 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz,  Magdalena Falewicz
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Günther Herbig,  Kurt Masur,  Heinz Rögner
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  • 31.
    Suße Traume: Sweet Dreams
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300089 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Paul Hindemith,  Johann Abraham P. Schulz  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Peter Rösel,  Renate Krahmer,  Renate Hoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Horst Neumann,  Günther Herbig,  Otmar Suitner,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
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  • 32.
    Mahler Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300022 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ute Priew,  Siegfried Lorenz,  Peter Schreier,  Birgit Finnilä
    Conductor:  Heinz Rögner,  Günther Herbig,  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Haydn Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149492 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Walter Olbertz,  Gerhard Bosse,  Peter Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Otmar Suitner,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brahms-Trio Weimar
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  • 34.
    Mendelssohn Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149502 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Renate Schorler,  Valentin Gheorghiu,  Igor Oistrach
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  Franz Konwitschny,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig
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  • 35.
    Mantovani, Schoeller, Amy: Cello Concertos / Queyras, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901973 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philippe Schoeller,  Bruno Mantovani,  Gilbert Amy
    Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras
    Conductor:  Alexander Briger,  Günther Herbig,  Gilbert Amy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra,  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Dresden Philharmonic -  Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184522 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gerhard Rosenfeld  ... 
    Performer:  Mirka Pokorná,  Gustav Schmahl,  Annerose Schmidt,  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Horst Förster,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Eisler: Instrumental Music / Rogner, Herbig, Pommer, Olbertz, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184492 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Hanns Eisler
    Performer:  Walter Olbertz,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Gerhard Erber,  Jutta Czapski  ... 
    Conductor:  Friedrich-Carl Erben,  Max Pommer,  Heinz Rögner,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bläservereinigung Berlin,  Ulbrich-Quartett,  Leipzig Collegium Musicum
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  • 38.
    Classical Evergreens
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182802 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Claude Debussy,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ion Voicu,  Karl Suske,  Walter Olbertz,  Jürnjakob Timm  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Robert Hanell,  Otmar Suitner,  Heinz Rögner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutschland Sender Orchestra Berlin,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 39.
    Lippen Schweigen - Die schonsten Operettenmelodien
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182832 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Karl Millöcker,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Geszty,  Elisabeth Ebert,  Harald Neukirch,  Martin Ritzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  Heinz Rögner,  Günther Herbig,  Rudolf Neuhaus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 40.
    Oster Impressionen
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182592 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Rosemarie Lang,  Hermann-Christian Polster,  Annelies Burmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch,  Kurt Thomas,  Helmut Koch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Thomaner Choir  ... 
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  • 41.
    4 Elements - Classical Music Of Fire, Water, Air And Earth
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184592 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Pistorius,  Jutta Zoff,  Peter Rösel,  Ute Priew  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen,  Carl von Garaguly,  Václav Neumann,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Basics - French Symphonies - Bizet, Saint-saens, Franck
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149362 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  César Franck
    Performer:  Joachim Dalitz,  Jutta Czapski
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Claus Peter Flor,  Kurt Sanderling,  Günther Herbig
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  • 43.
    Basics - Operetta Melodies: Strauss, Lehar, Suppe
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149372 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé,  Eduard Künneke,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Harald Neukirch,  Wolfgang Hellmich,  Jutta Vulpius,  Siegfried Vogel  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Neuhaus,  Otmar Suitner,  Heinz Rögner,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Classics In Heaven - Mozart, Bach, Etc
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184582 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Ion Voicu,  Karl Suske,  Walter Olbertz,  Jürnjakob Timm  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Hanell,  Otmar Suitner,  Gerhart Wiesenhütter,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Meditation Classics / Masur, Suitner, Neumann, Bongartz,  Weigle, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184572 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Egon Morbitzer,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Oskar Michallik,  Hans Pischner  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Heinz Bongartz,  Otmar Suitner,  Walter Levin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Radio Music School Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Millöcker: Der Bettelstudent / Hölzke, Schreier, Herbig
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422143 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Millöcker
    Performer:  Elisabeth Ebert,  Friederike Apelt,  Ingeborg Wenglor,  Roswitha Trexler  ... 
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Greatest Works - Brahms / Masur, Neumann, Herbig, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184272 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Jürnjakob Timm,  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig,  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Greatest Works - Haydn
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184302 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Willy Krug
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Helmut Koch,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brahms Trio,  Rosamunde String Quartet,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 49.
    Greatest Works - Mendelssohn
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184312 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Peter Arne Rohde,  Renate Schorler,  Valentin Gheorghiu,  Gustav Schmahl
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  Helmut Koch,  Kurt Masur,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 50.
    After Work Hour - Classical Music Selection 1
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182712 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Gerhard Erber,  Jutta Zoff,  Joachim Ulbricht  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Günther Herbig,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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