Bernard Haitink, honorary conductor, chief conductor 1963-1988
Chistine Schäfer, sopraan
A jubilee concert was held on 7th November 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of Bernard Haitink's first appearance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra; this recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony commemorates the festive occasion.
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 7 November 2006.
Bernard Haitink was born in Amsterdam and studied conducting with Felix Hupka and Ferdinand Leitner. He was apointed chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1959 and held that position until 1988.The orchestra grew and developed under Haitink's leadership; his performances of Mahler, Bruckner and the French repertoire were acclaimed throughout the world. He conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra on many international tours and also made a series of legendary recordings with them that won many international awards.