Bernard Haitink is 85 today

Warm wishes to the Dutch master.

He was appointed chief of the Concertgebouw at 30 and subsequently wielded the rod at the London Philharmonic, Glyndebourne, Covent Garden and, in the 21st century, at the Dresden Staatskapelle and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He is one of the most prolific conductors on record.

UPDATE: However, he has just launched another spat against the Concertgebouw.



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  • Any concert conducted by this wonderful man is guaranteed to be highly satisfying. Happy Birthday, Maestro, from a great admirer.

  • Indeed, Happy Birthday Maestro! Looking forward to your continuing association with the Boston Symphony and the Chicago Symphony.

  • I remember my many years in the London Philharmonic with Maestro Haitink at the helm and for me he was unquestionably THE BEST…Happy Birthday Bernard!

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