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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  • 51.
    After Work Hour - Classical Music Selection 2
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182722 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Suske,  Jurnjakob Timm,  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Otmar Suitner,  Heinz Bongartz,  Kurt Masur  ... 
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  • 52.
    After Work Hour - Classical Music Selection 4
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182762 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Funke,  Siegfried Stockigt,  Egon Morbitzer
    Conductor:  Georges Sebastian,  Heinz Bongartz,  Hans Vonk,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 53.
    Brahms: Symphony No 3, Hungarian Dances / Herbig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1426 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Brahms: Symphony No 3, Hungarian Dances / Herbig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 185382 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Haydn: Symphonies No 4, 5, 9 & 10 / Herbig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 32772 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Armin Thalheim
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Haydn: Symphonies Nos 6, 7 & 8 / Herbig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 32782 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5
    Label: Basics   Catalog: 185502 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
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  • 58.
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overtures / Herbig, Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1340 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream / Herbig, Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1434 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Ravel: Bolero, La Valse, Pour Une Infante Défunte / Herbig, Berlin SO
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1438 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Ravel: Orchestral Works / Herbig, Berlin Symphony
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 32812 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Adler: The Lady Remembers, Wilderness Suite / Herbig
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5805 Release Date: 05/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Adler
    Performer:  Julia Migenes
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Charles Ketcham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Basics - Meditation - Music To Dream To / Blomstedt, Masur, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8574 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod,  Maurice Ravel,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Pischner,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Egon Morbitzer,  Rolf-Dieter Arens  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Heinz Rögner,  Robert Hanell,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Solistenvereinigung  ... 
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  • 64.
    Brahms: Symphony No 4 / Gunther Herbig, Berlin Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 4919 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Moments Of Peace
    Label: Charles Suniga   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Suniga,  Josef Strauss,  Jules Massenet,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Suniga,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Christina Funke
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Kurt Masur,  Franz Konwitschny,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    Basics - Spanish Classics - Falla, Et Al / Weigle, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 4904 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Jutta Czapski,  Barbara Richter,  Dieter Rumstig,  Nora Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Jörg-Peter Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Sensual Tunes
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1272 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Suske,  Jurnjakob Timm,  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Otmar Suitner,  Heinz Bongartz,  Kurt Masur  ... 
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  • 68.
    Moods - Tunes Of Eternity - Respighi, Etc / Weigle, Kegel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1278 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Süher Pekinel,  Güher Pekinel,  Renate Schorler  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Masur,  Herbert Kegel,  Max Pommer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Moods - Unfold Your Mind - Bach, Satie, Etc / Koch, Erber
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1279 Release Date: 11/06/2007   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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  • 70.
    Reimann: Zyklus, Kumi Ori / Herbig, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570199 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aribert Reimann
    Performer:  Yaron Windmüller,  Axel Bauni
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Basics - Haydn: Early Symphonies / Herbig, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8593 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1392 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Etc / Herbig, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8553 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ingeborg Springer,  Magdalena Palewicz
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos / Herbig, Schirmer, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1775 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ragna Schirmer
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 / Herbig, Saarbrucken Rso
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1793 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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