The Art of Bernard Haitink

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
In honor of the artist's 80th birthday, Decca has released this seven-disc box set entitled The Art of Bernard Haitink covering nearly four decades of the Dutch conductor's distinguished career. Chronologically, it begins with his 1960 recording of Dvorák's "Seventh Symphony" with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and ends with his 1998 recording of Ravel's "Ma mère l'oye" with the Boston Symphony, and in between it includes 15 other recordings with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic, and the Berliner Philharmoniker. For listeners who already know Haitink's work, no more needs be said, but for the uninitiated, a few words describing his art will be useful. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
In honor of the artist's 80th birthday, Decca has released this seven-disc box set entitled The Art of Bernard Haitink covering nearly four decades of the Dutch conductor's distinguished career. Chronologically, it begins with his 1960 recording of Dvorák's "Seventh Symphony" with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and ends with his 1998 recording of Ravel's "Ma mère l'oye" with the Boston Symphony, and in between it includes 15 other recordings with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic, and the Berliner Philharmoniker. For listeners who already know Haitink's work, no more needs be said, but for the uninitiated, a few words describing his art will be useful. Haitink is a consummate orchestral technician. There's not a performance here that is not carefully considered and brilliantly executed, with great attention paid to lines, balances, tempos, and forms. Haitink is no show-off, though, and his interpretation grows out of the music by faithfully honoring the score. This selflessness allows Haitink to be as successful in leading a poised yet propulsive reading of Beethoven's "Seventh" as he is in leading an exciting yet controlled account of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." For some listeners, Haitink's measured Mahler, non-bombastic Bruckner, and straight-faced Shostakovich may be less appealing than more hyperbolic performances by Bernstein or Rostropovich. But for listeners who prefer scrupulously correct but no less probing interpretations, Haitink will deliver deep satisfaction. The recordings here, whether stereo or digital, are clear, warm, rich, and detailed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947814290
  • Catalog Number: 001267402
  • Sales rank: 202,990

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 7 in D minor, B. 141 (Op. 70) (first published as No. 2) - Antonin Dvorák & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (35:57)
  2. 2 Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2: Ma vlast - Bedrich Smetana & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (13:12)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759: 1. Allegro moderato - Franz Schubert & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (14:22)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759: 2. Andante con moto - Franz Schubert & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (11:28)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (40:05)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 - Johannes Brahms & Boston Symphony Orchestra (38:32)
  7. 7 Festklänge, symphonic poem for piano, S. 511d: Symphonic Poem No. 7 - Franz Liszt & Bernard Haitink (19:54)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan"): 1. Langsam, schleppend - Gustav Mahler & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (13:20)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan"): 2. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Gustav Mahler & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (7:48)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan"): 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen - Gustav Mahler & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (10:51)
  11. 11 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan"): 4. Stürmisch bewegt - Gustav Mahler & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (20:05)
  12. 12 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Prelude and Liebestod - Richard Wagner & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (16:50)
  13. 13 Symphony No. 3 in D minor, WAB 103 - Anton Bruckner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (61:40)
  14. 14 Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 24 (TrV 158) - Richard Strauss & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (27:13)
  15. 15 La Mer, symphonic sketches (3) for orchestra, L. 109 - Claude Debussy & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (23:24)
  16. 16 Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Prélude - Interlude - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (3:18)
  17. 17 Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Danse du rouet et scène - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (3:36)
  18. 18 Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (2:25)
  19. 19 Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (5:02)
  20. 20 Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Petit Poucet - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (4:53)
  21. 21 Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (4:59)
  22. 22 Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Apothéose: Le Jardin féerique - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (3:53)
  23. 23 Scherzo à la Russe, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:47)
  24. 24 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 1. The Adoration of the Earth. Introduction - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (3:36)
  25. 25 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 1. The Adoration of the Earth. Augurs of Spri - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (3:11)
  26. 26 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 1. The Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of Abdu - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (1:17)
  27. 27 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 1. The Adoration of the Earth. Spring Rounds - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (3:27)
  28. 28 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 1. The Adoration of the Earth. Ritual of the - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (1:50)
  29. 29 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 1. The Adoration of the Earth. Procession of - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (0:41)
  30. 30 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 1. The Adoration of the Earth. Dance of the E - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (1:31)
  31. 31 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 2. The Sacrifice. Introduction - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (4:25)
  32. 32 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 2. The Sacrifice. Mystic Circles of the Young - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (3:09)
  33. 33 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 2. The Sacrifice. Glorification of the Chosen - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (1:36)
  34. 34 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 2. The Sacrifice. Evocation of the Ancestors - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (0:52)
  35. 35 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 2. The Sacrifice. Ritual Action of the Ancest - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (3:36)
  36. 36 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Part 2. The Sacrifice. Sacrificial Dance: the Chos - Igor Stravinsky & Bernard Haitink (5:01)
  37. 37 Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127 - Béla Bartók & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (36:38)
  38. 38 Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasy for orchestra in E minor, Op. 32 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (24:44)
  39. 39 Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Bernard Haitink (54:23)
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Performance Credits
Bernard Haitink Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Haitink Performances

    I've bought Haitink recordings and CD's for about 40 years. This compilation has some of his best performances, especially of works that are not usually associated with him. He has a wide repertoire, still, I had passed over his Stravinsky. Mistake; listen to these familiar works anew. Also, a great Dvorak Seventh Symphont, a very early Haitink performance. A great set at a great price!

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