Bernard Haitink is taking leave of the Chicago Symphony. The Dutch maestro has served as resident conductor since 2006. The association has been a distinguished one. Haitink joined with conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez to inaugurate a Golden Age in the orchestra's history in preparation for the arrival of new music director Riccardo Muti.
Haitink now concludes the collaboration as Muti takes the helm in September. The orchestra has marked the occasion with a Beethoven symphonies cycle. The performances have drawn high praise.
In August Haitink will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in two performances of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg.
Last year Decca commemorated the conductor's 80th birthday with a 7-CD release, available at Amazon UK.
2010.06.16 'No loss of momentum as Beethoven review enters final lap'
2010.06.12 'Back to nature with Haitink, CSO'
New York Times
Bernard Haitink articles
Music Web International
'Haitink's Chicago Beethoven Cycle'
Proms 71 and 72
Haitink and Chicago: Turnage, Mozart, Mahler, Shostakovich
Haitink: 'I love power without responsibility'
Archiv Music Store: Bernard Haitink
Official Site: Bernard Haitink