Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition | Decca 4786360

Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition

Label: Decca

Cat No: 4786360

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 36

Release Date: 20th January 2014



Bernard Haitink will be 85 on 4 March 2014, and this set presents his six complete symphonic cycles by cornerstone classical composers: Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Schumann and Tchaikovsky.

Originally recorded for Philips, the CDs are now smartly re-packaged in a collectable cube, with a substantial 160-page booklet including extensive essays in 3 languages (English, French, German) and including essays by authoritative writers such as William Kinderman (Beethoven), Michael Kennedy (Mahler) and John Warrack (Schumann and Tchaikovsky).

Every single symphonic cycle is played by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, recently voted by Gramophone Magazine as ‘The Greatest Orchestra in the World’. Dutch-born Bernard Haitink made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on 7 November 1956. From 1963 Haitink was Principal Conductor, a position he held for 25 years. An exclusive Philips artist for more than 30 years, Haitink remains fully active on the international concert scene. 2013/14 is the 60th season of his conducting career.

- Beethoven: Symphony no.9
Lucia Popp, Carolyn Watkinson, Peter Schreier, Robert Holl, Netherlands Radio Chorus

- Mahler: Symphony no.2
Elly Ameling, Aafje Heynis, Netherlands Radio Chorus

- Mahler: Symphony no.3
Maureen Forrester, Netherlands Radio Chorus (Women), Boys Chorus of the St Willibrord Church

- Mahler: Symphony no.4
Elly Ameling

- Mahler: Symphony no.8
Ileana Cotrubas, Heather Harper, Hanneke Van Bork, Birgit Finnilä, Marianne Dieleman, William Cochran, Hermann Prey, Hans Sotin, Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir, Children's Choirs of St Willibrord's and St Pius X Churches, De Stem Des Volks, Collegium Musicum Amstelodamense

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