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Haitink + Berlin + Stravinsky = Humor, Brilliance, Savagery

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Jeremy Lee writes

This 2CD package from Tower Records Vintage Collection contains some of the greatest performances of Stravinsky’s ballets ever recorded.  This should be interesting because back in 1973 Haitink recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra these very pieces, which were Continue reading


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Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition

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Jeremy Lee writes

Hard to believe, but Bernard Haitink has already been conducting for almost 60 years, and his time as the chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra (possibly the orchestra that he is most associated with) spanned a good 25 years.  To commemorate the Dutch maestro’s 85th birthday, Decca has Continue reading


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Haitink’s Shostakovich 5 and 9

Jeremy Lee writes

Bernard Haitink’s Shostakovich symphonies, if not placed on a par with Barshai’s and Rostropovich’s, has been generally acclaimed. Nevertheless, listeners curious about Haitink’s way with the symphonies but don’t want to invest in the whole set can purchase most of them individually.  Most readily available is Continue reading


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A Brilliant Brahms Requiem from Haitink/VPO

Jeremy Lee writes

Not many people know about this recording, and even fewer actually care about it because a) it has never been critically lauded, b) Philips has never given it much attention, and c) it has languished long out of print.  The other Brahms Requiem on Philips, performed by Gardiner and his period orchestra, Continue reading