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The Last Century

Music by 20th-century composers.

Bernard Haitink (1929-2021) – 1

This past 21 October, conductor Bernard Haitink passed away at age 92. He was one of the biggest Dutch conductors.

Born in 1929 in Amsterdam, he went on to study the violin, as well as orchestra conduction at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. At age 28, in 1957, he was named chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1961 he was named chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw, where he stayed until 1988.

Haitink became famous primarily for his interpretations of the symphonies by Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. In the next two editions of the programme The Last Century, Concertzender will be devoting attention to other aspects of his conducting. Today, these are works by Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich and others. You will hear Haitink not only conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, but also conducting other orchestras with whom he had a special bond.

 

Playlist

 

  1. Johan Wagenaar: Ouverture ‘De getemde feeks (The Taming of the Shrew), Op. 25. Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink
  2. Claude Debussy: Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra ‘Première rhapsodie’. George Pieterson, clarinet; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink
  3. Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink
  4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Aria ‘Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen’ (Queen of the Night) from Die Zauberflöte. Edita Gruberová, soprano; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Bernard Haitink
  5. Igor Stravinsky: Scherzo for orchestra ‘Scherzo à la Russe’. Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Bernard Haitink
  6. Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: part 4 (Adagio-Allegretto) from Symphony no. 15 in A major, Op. 141. London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink
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