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Bernard Haitink to 90. : Music pulsates the universe

swingarm On the fear of the musicians in front of their baton the heads, these days, is to the right of the question. But there are also conductors, which the f

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Bernard Haitink to 90. : Music pulsates the universe

swingarm On the fear of the musicians in front of their baton the heads, these days, is to the right of the question. But there are also conductors, which the fact, to stand in front of an orchestra, brings nightmares. Bernard Haitink you have followed for a long time – even when he was already become one of the world's most successful and, above all, the most esteemed conductors. Much too inexperienced, he feels, as he conducted with 27 years for the first Time, the best orchestra in his homeland. Nevertheless, the Concertgebouw Orchestra makes him out to his boss. Haitink, who began his career as a violinist, feels loads a huge responsibility, especially since shortly thereafter, the classical world is aware of him. In 1964, Haitink directs for the first Time the Berliner Philharmoniker. The beginning of a deep friendship.

What makes the fascination of a conductor who does not wish to speak of Interpretation, but prefer to play? In addition to the charismatic Pultstars Haitink is slightly conservative. His Ego is revealed in a serving role, in the development of literature, in respect to the sound of an orchestra. In doing so, he has set the standards and the works of Mahler, Bruckner and Shostakovich for many vinyl listeners opened for the first time. His Ideal is rooted in the sound of the Concertgebouws and his orchestra: heat and transparency, flexibility, and bass. His soul-full Music-making, the great power that pulsates with the music, the musicians and the audience, the universe. With all the applause Haitink remains modest: "to be Honest, I can't explain my success. I don't say much, not, lecturers from can not hold monologues. Often I don't think much of me.“

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London, the low countries Haitink second home, to him, the mentality of the British. He directs the London Philharmonic, the Opera festival of Glyndebourne, and later the Opera house of Covent Garden. An extraordinary career for a pure concert the conductor, whose Temperament is all theatrics. And yet, he developed his love for Mozart, a flair for musical theater, especially for Wagner. On the river Thames, the young Simon Rattle is to an admirer Haitinks. When he is decades later-in-chief of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he mentions his name first when it comes to what a guest conductor of the orchestra wants. "If Haitink was once again a guest, a relaxed play with the Philharmonic in the week, spatial and expressive", describes it Rattle. In London, the Maestro also conducts the concert of his 90. with favorite pieces by Mozart and Bruckner. In may, he returns to the Philharmonic to Berlin. However, following the celebrate Haitink himself has decreed a break from the summer of 2019 until the summer of 2020, he wants to leave the baton resting and after a few serious Falls recover. One thing he can be on his birthday today for sure: musicians as listeners expect him back on the podium.

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