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Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bernard Haitink - The Early Years (CD ALBUM)

Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bernard Haitink - The Early Years (CD ALBUM)
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Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bernard Haitink - The Early Years (CD ALBUM)

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Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bernard Haitink - The Early Years (CD ALBUM)

The pre-eminent maestro of our day, caught in little-known studio recordings from the very beginning of his career.

In an original and valuable documentary essay which serves as the booklet note, NiekNelissenoutlines the rapid and unlikely genesis of Haitink'scareer, from being rejected by Willem van Otterlooto taking over the reins of the Concertgebouw within less than a decade. He first stood in front of the orchestra in 1956, and five years later he was leading them on tours to the US and Japan.

Following these tours, Philips recorded the partnership in two symphonies which had already become signature works for the youngmaestro, Beethoven's Eighth (in July 1962) and Mendelssohn's 'Italian' (February 1963). Hearing the Eighth in New York, the doyen of local critics Harold Schonberg remarked upon it as 'clean-cut Beethoven… precisely adjusted and handsomely executed'. According to Schonberg, Haitink'makes music with plenty of ardor, a good deal of polish and all the temperament one could desire.'

In fact Haitink'svery first recordings in charge of the orchestra he would lead for the next 35 years as music director date from 1960, during the interim period after the sudden death of Eduard van Beinumwhen he shared duties with Eugen Jochum. There is more Mendelssohn here –the Hebrides Overture, in a performance as acutely sensitive to the composer's tone-painting as we have come to expect from Haitink, and issued here for the first time in stereo –and a local rarity on disc, the Symphonic Etude by Hendrik Andriessen. Composed in 1952, this deliciously poised 10-minute essay deploys 12-tone technique in a post-Impressionist idiom through its four sections, and serves as a reminder that alongside his mastery of the symphonic tradition from Haydn to Shostakovich, Haitinkwas always a committed interpreter of the music of our time.

Tracklistings:

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

1–4Symphony No. 8 in F major*

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

5–8Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'*

9Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 (Fingal's Cave)*

FIRST EVER STEREO RELEASE

HENDRIK ANDRIESSEN

10 SymphonischeEtude

Quasi Adagio –Allegro con spirito–Adagio –Allegro

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*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

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Release Date 14 Sep 2018
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Artist Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Title Bernard Haitink - The Early Years
Format CD ALBUM
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