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Bernard Haitink – Farewell Concert at Salzburg
“No more Bruckner under Haitink, that’s a cut in the history of interpretation.” – Wiener Zeitung.
Bernard Haitink – Farewell Concert at Salzburg Festival © C Major Entertainment
Bernard Haitink – Farewell Concert at Salzburg Festival © Todd Rosenberg
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To end his active conducting career after 65 years, maestro Bernard Haitink gives a farewell concert together with the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Großes Festspielhaus at Salzburg Festival, leaving no doubt about being one of the best Bruckner interpreters ever. The Dutch conductor, who was appointed honorary member of the Wiener Philharmoniker shortly before the concert, is joined by star pianist Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4: a musical interaction “of a depth of sentiment and an agreement in making music together that sounds wonderfully natural” (Salzburger Nachrichten). The concert ends with Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 7 with its famous second movement, which marked the composer’s breakthrough and remains one of his most popular symphonies. The Wiener Philharmoniker play under Haitink’s masterful baton completely focused, but dynamic and with deepest sensation. The atmosphere of this last performance is without doubt exceptional and a visibly emotional Haitink was celebrated by the audience with long standing ovations. “You shouldn’t throw terms like ‘magic moments’ around easily. But what could be heard in Salzburg was certainly one” (Klassikinfo.de).
Original title Bernard Haitink – Farewell Concert at Salzburg Festival
Recording location August 2019, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg
Duration 116 mins
Production Company A coproduction of NHK and UNITEL in cooperation with Wiener Philharmoniker and Salzburg Festival
Composer Anton Bruckner, L.v. Beethoven
Orchestra / Band Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor Bernard Haitink
Soloist Emanuel Ax
Original title of music work Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 & Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
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