Bernard Haitink marks 90 in Bruck­ne­r­ian style

BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

Our reg­u­lar read­ers will re­mem­ber last year’s Awards is­sue cover be­ing graced by Bernard Haitink, as the Dutch mae­stro won the 2018 BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine Record­ing of the Year. Re­cently, Haitink was seen cel­e­brat­ing again, this time con­duct­ing the LSO in Mozart’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 22 and Bruck­ner’s Fourth Sym­phony in a con­cert to mark his 90th birthday. As with last year’s mag­nif­i­cent Mahler record­ing, the con­cert at the Bar­bi­can re­vealed that, even as he reaches four score years and ten, Haitink sim­ply gets bet­ter with age. ‘This was a mag­is­te­rial ac­count,’ said the Guardian of the Bruck­ner in its five-star re­view, ‘broad and un­af­fected as al­ways in the fa­mil­iar Haitink man­ner, but grad­u­ally draw­ing the lis­tener ever deeper into the sym­phony’s in­te­rior world.’

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