Bernard's Birthday brings Beethoven, Brahms

March 4 is the birthday of one of the world's great conductors. Gelukkige verjaardag to The Netherlands' Bernard Haitink.

LSO Live features Haitink and the London Symphony in series of new releases, including commanding new cycles of Beethoven and Brahms symphonies.

Haitink presently serves as principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony while keeping a busy schedule as a guest conductor with European orchestras. Cities that have figured prominently in his career include Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Vienna and Boston. Musical America's designation of the conductor as its Musician of the Year was reported here in an earlier post.

To commemorate today's auspicious anniversary, my colleague Gary Lloyd has provided appropriate original verse. This eloquent tribute, I'm sure everyone will agree, captures a feeling shared by music lovers around the world. Here we go (ahem):
I tink
I like Haitink.

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