Notes & Reviews:
Dutch-born Bernard Haitink made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on 7 November 1956 when he stood in for an indisposed Carlo Maria Giulini. On 1 September 1959 he was named first conductor of the orchestra and his first recordings for Philips (including Dvorák 7 in this set) were made at this time. In 1961 Haitink became joint principal conductor of the Concertgebouw with Eugen Jochum. From 1963 Haitink was principal conductor - a position he held for 25 years. Haitink was an exclusive Philips artist for more than 30 years and in addition to his work with the Concertgebouw Orchestra he worked extensively with many other orchestras and held appointments with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Haitink's Philips discography is rooted firmly in the 19th and early 20th century symphonic repertory and his cycles of Mahler and Bruckner have achieved reference status. Haitink will be 85 on 4 March 2014 and this 20-CD set celebrates "The Philips Years". The set includes several recordings which appear as international CD releases for the first time (symphonies by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert) as well as first CD releases of works by Hendrik Andriessen and Stravinsky. Several other recordings have been unavailable for a number of years and are included here.
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Bernard Haitink
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; 'Tallis' Fantasia; Symphony No. 5 / Marriner, ASMF
The Decca Sound 2 (2013): The Analogue Years (limited edition) [54 CDs]
Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Stabat Mater / Sally Matthews, soprano; Ekaterina Gubanov, mz; Toby Spence, tenor
Mozart: Complete String Quartets / Quartetto Italiano [8 CDs]
J.S. Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces: St. Matthew & St. John Passions; B Minor Mass; Magnificat; 4 Missae breves; Christmas Oratorio / Peter Schreier [12 CDs]
Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies / Concertgebouw Orch., Haitink [6 CDs]
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; Tragic Overture; Variations on a Theme of Haydn / Gergiev