Bernhard Haitink & Staatskapelle Dresden

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On 22nd September 2018 the Staatskapelle Dresden celebrated its 470th jubilee. The orchestra was directed by Bernard Haitink from 2002 to 2004. (Haitink turns 90 in 2019.) Principal Conductor since the 2012/13 season has been Christian Thielemann. Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, it is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition. Over its long history, many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this one-time court orchestra. Previous directors include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, who called the ensemble his “miraculous harp”. The list of prominent conductors of the last 100 years includes Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Reiner, Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Otmar Suitner, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert Blomstedt and Giuseppe Sinopoli.



Haitink has previously recorded all of the music on these six discs, but these new releases are still welcome. The Bruckner Eighth and Mahler Resurrection are particularly fine. The Bruckner is mighty indeed, Haitink’s finest available recording of the work. Throughout the engineers have captured a full, rich, well-balanced sound.


Product Description:

  • Release Date: October 05, 2018

  • Catalog Number: PH14002

  • UPC: 881488140026

  • Label: Hänssler & Profil

  • Number of Discs: 6

  • Composer: Anton Bruckner, Carl Maria von Weber, Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden State Opera Chorus

  • Performer: Charlotte Margiono, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Jard Van Nes