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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  • 76.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 4 / Günter Herbig, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1611 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 / Günter Herbig, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1792 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Schostakowitsch: Symphony No 10 / Herbig, Saarbrücken Rso
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1615 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Saarland Youth Symphony Orchestra members
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  • 79.
    Mahler: Symphony No 6 / Herbig, Saarbrucken Rso
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9461 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 3, Sonata No 2 / Ousset, Herbig
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49941 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 7
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1797 Release Date: 12/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Herbig, Saarbrücken Rso
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1795 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Haydn, Etc / Rösel, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2832 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Kurt Masur,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 84.
    French Symphonies - Bizet, Saint-saëns, Franck
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1358 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Joachim Dalitz,  Jutta Czapski
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Otmar Suitner,  Claus Peter Flor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 85.
    Haydn: London Symphonies / Günter Herbig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2502 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Dessau: Orchestral Works / Dessau, Kegel, Herbig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2182 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dessau
    Conductor:  Paul Dessau,  Herbert Kegel,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Haydn: Piano Concertos; Mozart: Variations / Rösel, Herbig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3258 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Musik in der D.D.R. Vol II - Vocal Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9070 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hanns Eisler,  Günter Kochan,  Siegfried Thiele,  Siegfried Matthus  ... 
    Performer:  Günther Leib,  Annelies Burmeister,  Rosemarie Lang,  Frank-Peter Späthe  ... 
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig,  Kurt Masur,  Paul Dessau,  Christoph-Albrech Kamptz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 89.
    Schoenberg, Lutoslawski / Herbig, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9166 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Hartmann: Symphonies Nos 5, 6, 8 / Herbig, Kegel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9048 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Brahms: Symphony No 2, Tragic Overture / Herbig, Berlin So
    Label: Curb Records   Catalog: 78039 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78046 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig
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  • 93.
    Dvorák: Carnival;  Brahms: Symphony No. 1
    Label: Curb Records   Catalog: 78008 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78005 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
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