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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra & Bernard Haitink – Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (Live) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra & Bernard Haitink – Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (Live) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:08:07 minutes | 621 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Challenge Classics

Bernard Haitink was born and educated in Amsterdam. His conducting career began at the Netherlands Radio where in 1957 he became the Chief Conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The links between Bernard Haitink and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra have withstood the test of time, even when his career was taking him all over the world. One fine example of this was Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust in 1998, later issued on Challenge Classics. He returned on 15 June 2019, when he gave his very last concert in Amsterdam, with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, a work that has always been especilly dear to him.

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Berliner Philharmoniker & Bernard Haitink – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker & Bernard Haitink – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:29:37 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

It is almost inconceivable today that Gustav Mahler’s works were long marginalised in musical life. Bernard Haitink, who has an exceptionally fine feel for the fragmented nature of this music, is one of the conductors who brought about the Mahler renaissance in the 1960s. Mahler, says Haitink, “has always troubled me because he doesn’t validate you”. In this concert, he conducts Mahler’s farewell to the world, the Ninth Symphony.

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Bernard Haitink – Mahler: The Symphonies & Song Cycles (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bernard Haitink – Mahler: The Symphonies & Song Cycles (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 15:42:27 minutes | 18,2 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Decca

Haitink’s Mahler interpretations offer a combination of objectivity and distance, emotional reflection and release, continuity and tradition. Under Haitink, the Concertgebouw secured its reputation as one of the world’s great Mahler orchestras and their cycle of the composer’s symphonies and orchestral songs stands as witness to the orchestra’s feeling for its deep history and to the enduring artistry of its conductor.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – The 1999 European Concert in Krakow 1999 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Since 1991 the Berliner Philharmoniker have marked the anniversary of its formation on 1 May 1882 with a concert held in a venue specially chosen for its cultural significance. To mark the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death, the orchestra travelled to the Polish composer’s homeland and, under the direction of Bernard Haitink, gave their ninth European Concert in the magnificent setting of Krakow’s Gothic St Mary’s Basilica.

The orchestra naturally paid musical homage to a composer who is arguably the greatest ever produced by Poland, choosing to perform Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax, the winner of the 1974 Artur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, as the soloist. In the opinion of many press critics, Ax is “one of our most gifted Chopin pianists – a rare breed”. At the time of the 1999 European Concert he was about to celebrate his fiftieth birthday. To a certain extent, the concert marked a return to the pianist’s roots, for he had been born in L’viv as the son of Polish Jews and lived for a time in Warsaw before emigrating to Canada with his parents in 1959.

The conductor was the Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink, who has been closely associated with the Berlin Philharmonic since 1964. Yet during this association, Schumann had previously appeared on these programmes only infrequently, making the present live recording of the First Symphony – also known as the Spring Symphony – all the more interesting in consequence. Schumann himself admitted to having written the work “in that first flush of spring that arguably continues to inspire man even in ripe old age, overwhelming him anew each year”.

But a basilica naturally demands the performance of sacred music, and so Christine Schäfer opened the concert with two sacred works by Mozart, the motet Exsultate, jubilate and the Et incarnatus est from the unfinished Mass in C minor. As always, her lean and agile soprano voice is perfectly suited to the Salzburg composer’s music.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/23213

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony 2009 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It is his unpretentious musicality, in particular, avoiding all exaggeration, that makes Bernard Haitink an ideal conductor of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, which are unsuited to interpretational excess and forced originality. Haitink looks back on many years of experience with Mahler and has recorded the First through the Seventh Symphonies and the Adagio of the Tenth with the Berliner Philharmoniker. For that reason, the performance of the Seventh in January 2009 was anticipated with great excitement.

The composer considered it his “best work” up to that point and in a letter to his publisher wrote that it had a “primarily cheerful” character. The rather gloomy introduction of the first movement, with a melody played by the tenor horn above a funeral-march rhythm, casts doubt on that assessment. Musicologists will probably never agree on the question of whether the C major exultation of the finale is intended seriously or put in quotation marks, so to speak, as exaggeration.

The middle movement is a ghostly Scherzo, marked “shadowy” and framed by two movements described as “night music”. The solemn slow movement usually obligatory in Mahler’s symphonic works is replaced in fourth position by a serenade-like Andante amoroso, which is accompanied by mandolin and guitar.

The Seventh Symphony was long overshadowed by Gustav Mahler’s other works in this genre, but it has become an indispensable part of the concert schedules of the great orchestras. Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker opened both the 2011/2012 and 2016/2017 seasons with this work.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/24

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomsted, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel – Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 09:43:21 minutes | 5,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BR-Klassik

Bruckner’s Nine Symphonies are a constant in the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, as in those of all major orchestras. The special feature of the 9 album being presented here by BR KLASSIK is that the recordings are conducted by not only one but a total of four conductors closely associated with the orchestra, all of them proven international Bruckner experts. More than in any other compilation, common features in interpretation (also due to the same orchestra) as well as fascinating differences due to the various interpretive approaches of the respective conductors can all be detected. In these recordings it also becomes clear what brilliant contributions Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel have made over the decades to Bruckner’s symphonic oeuvre.

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Bernard Haitink – Bruckner: The Symphonies (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bernard Haitink – Bruckner: The Symphonies (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 10:14:26 minutes | 12,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Decca

In honour of Bernard Haitink’s 90th birthday this year, Decca presents one of the conductor’s most lauded and respected series of repertoire. Bruckner’s symphonic cycle is played here by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, recently voted by Gramophone Magazine as ‘The Greatest Orchestra in the World’.

Bernard Haitink’s complete survey of the Bruckner symphonies set the standard for subsequent recordings of the repertoire whilst continuing a living tradition in Amsterdam.

Beyond the work of an orchestra and conductor in a golden period, these iconic cycles owe much to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw itself – one of the great temples of culture – and further gained from the vision of Decca’s engineers who created a recorded sound of such striking depth, detail and realism. All these elements combined to attract countless new listeners to Bruckner’s music.

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Bernard Haitink – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Triple Concerto (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bernard Haitink – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Triple Concerto (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:50 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © LSO Live

LSO Live celebrates the 90th birthday of one of the conducting world’s greats, Bernard Haitink. Few artists have a deeper understanding of the music of Beethoven than the celebrated Dutch conductor, who is known for his mastery of the great symphonic repertoire. This album focuses on Haitink’s interpretations of Beethoven’s concerto writing, coupling a new recording of Piano Concerto No 2 by Maria João Pires with a virtuosic performance of the Triple Concerto by Lars Vogt, Gordan Nikolitch and Tim Hugh, which was originally made alongside Haitink’s now iconic cycle of the composer’s complete symphonies.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Bernard Haitink (2010) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It is actually astonishing that Brahms’s Violin Concerto is considered one of the most popular, for the composer here forgoes all virtuosic display with which his contemporaries such as Paganini and Sarasate guaranteed the success of their works. In the Brahms concerto there is not even a play on the tension between soloist and orchestra; the effect is rather one of mutual support for each other.

This powerful cooperation can be appreciated in this concert with Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Bernard Haitink. The Tagesspiegel described the performance as “sensational”: “Zimmermann works together with the sections of the orchestra, his phrasing is clear and intelligent, he forgoes self-indulgence, and develops a warm and intensive timbre with a shellac-like sheen.”

The Hungarian flavour that permeates the last movement of the Brahms concerto is reflected in the two other works of the evening, but they are of genuine Magyar origin. The concert opens with György Kurtág’s Stéle for large orchestra, written in 1993 during Kurtág’s time as Composer in Residence with the Philharmoniker, and ends with Bartók’s sharply contoured Concerto for Orchestra.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/286

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Brahms, Bartok – Zimmermann, Haitink 2010 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It is actually astonishing that Brahms’s Violin Concerto is considered one of the most popular, for the composer here forgoes all virtuosic display with which his contemporaries such as Paganini and Sarasate guaranteed the success of their works. In the Brahms concerto there is not even a play on the tension between soloist and orchestra; the effect is rather one of mutual support for each other.

This powerful cooperation can be appreciated in this concert with Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Bernard Haitink. The Tagesspiegel described the performance as “sensational”: “Zimmermann works together with the sections of the orchestra, his phrasing is clear and intelligent, he forgoes self-indulgence, and develops a warm and intensive timbre with a shellac-like sheen.”

The Hungarian flavour that permeates the last movement of the Brahms concerto is reflected in the two other works of the evening, but they are of genuine Magyar origin. The concert opens with György Kurtág’s Stéle for large orchestra, written in 1993 during Kurtág’s time as Composer in Residence with the Philharmoniker, and ends with Bartók’s sharply contoured Concerto for Orchestra.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/286

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