Bernard Haitink in conversation with Klaus Wallendorf (8 min.)
There are few conductors who enjoy such great respect worldwide as Bernard Haitink, who has maintained a musical agility despite his age, and remains incredibly modest despite his great success. In a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in March of 2015, the chief conductor of many years of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam presented an all-Beethoven programme – just like in 1964 when he made his debut with the orchestra. In this current concert, the programme included Beethoven’s only violin concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust, and the Sixth Symphony, the famous “Pastorale”. In this short interview with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Klaus Wallendorf, known to audiences as a witty and funny presenter, the Dutch conductor talks about the work of a conductor, about the excitement before – and exhaustion after – a concert, the joy of making music, and his special relationship with the Berliner Philharmoniker.