2009 Repertoire Report- Bernard Haitink

Well- it turns out that these days, even the king has a website.

My associate and I just had a look around www.bernardhaitink.com and were able to assemble a 2009 repertoire report for the planet’s greatest living conductor.

It’s very much the list you would expect of a maestro at Haitink’s stage of life- made up mostly of the works he is closest to- Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler lead the way, followed by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. I’ve got fond memories of seeing him do Britten’s Albert Herring, so it’s no surprise to see he’s been conducting Les Illuminations, which is one of my all-time favorite Britten works (and one I’m doing in a few months for the 2nd time). Haitink has always been committed to Debussy, and he’s done La Mer and the Nocturnes many times this year.

One thing that has always set Haitink apart from other big-time maestros has been his low-key nature and care for being a good colleague. One piece that really jumps out on this list is the Ibert Flute Concerto. Cute piece? Yes. A piece that Haitink is probably desperate to play again in his 80s? Probably not. Still, it was what the orchestra needed from him, and so he did it- ever the unselfish pro.

Forty-two pieces this year. As readers may remember, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything.

1-       Beethoven- Leonore Overture No. 1

2-       Beethoven- Leonore Overture No. 3

3-       Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 2

4-       Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 3

5-       Beethoven- Symphony no. 1

6-       Beethoven- Symphony no. 2

7-       Beethoven- Symphony no. 6

8-       Beethoven- Symphony no. 7

9-       Beethoven- Symphony no. 8

10-   Beethoven- Symphony no. 9

11-   Brahms- Symphony no. 1

12-   Britten- Les Illuminations

13-   Bruckner- Symphony no. 7

14-   Bruckner- Symphony no. 8

15-   Bruckner- Symphony no. 9

16-   Debussy- Nocturnes

17-   Debussy- La Mer

18-   Dvorak- Symphony no. 8

19-   Haydn- Sinfonia Concertante for winds and strings

20-   Haydn- Symphony 101

21-   Ibert- Flute Concerto

22-   Mahler- Ruckert Lieder

23-   Mahler- Das Lied von der Erde

24-   Mahler- Symphony no. 4

25-   Mahler- Symphony no.  6

26-   Mahler- Symphony no. 9

27-   Mendelssohn- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

28-   Mozart- Piano Concerto no. 24

29-   Mozart- Symphony no. 35 ‘Haffner”

30-   Mozart- Symphony no. 41

31-   Ravel- Alborada del gracioso

32-   Ravel- Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

33-   Schubert- Symphony no. 5

34-   Schubert- Symphony no. 8

35-   Schubert- Symphony no. 9

36-   Schumann- Piano Concerto

37-   Shostakovich- Symphony no. 15

38-   Strauss, R- Don Juan

39-   Strauss, R- Ein Heldenleben

40-   Stucky- Funeral Music for Queen Mary

41-   Tchaikovsky- Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

42-   Webern- Im Sommerwind

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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1 comment on “2009 Repertoire Report- Bernard Haitink”

  1. CB

    12- Britten- Les Illuminations – I dont know that much Britten. Need to look into this.

    42- Webern- Im Sommerwind – oooh theres a new one

    25- Mahler- Symphony no. 6!!!!!!! (*hint)

    31- Ravel- Alborada del gracioso – freshness?

    13,14,15 – Bruckner (we love brukie baby)

    Very little mozart?

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