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The Last Century

Music by 20th-century composers.

Bernard Haitink (1929-2021) – 2

 

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 two editions of the programme The Past Century, the Concertzender pays attention to other aspects of his conducting. Today, these are works by Dutch composers, performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under his baton.

 

 

  1. Rudolf Escher: Musique pour l’esprit en deuil (1943).
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink
  2. Marius Flothuis: Sonnet, Op. 9 (1940). Jard van Nes, mezzo-soprano;
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink
  3. Ton de Leeuw: Ombres (1960-1961).
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink
  4. Tristan Keuris: Sinfonia (1974).
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink

 

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