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Bernard Haitink's powerful effect on the orchestras he conducts has been striking in the Barbican series, even the Berlin Philharmonic did not disappoint

By Stephen Everson   November 2004

A Mahler feast Bernard Haitink is 75 this year, and to celebrate this the Barbican has presented a series of concerts throughout the year in which some of the orchestras with which he has been most closely associated have performed works that have been central to his repertoire. In March, the Concertgebouw played two concerts, covering, among other things, Debussy’s La Mer and Bruckner’s 9th. The Debussy was an important inclusion: outside the opera house, Haitink is most closely associated with the Austro-German symphonic tradition and it is often forgotten how idiomatic an interpreter he is of French music, to…

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