On and off stage: Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink (©Anefo Croes)

This is few surviving recordings from the series “On and Off Stage”, a programme devoted to well-known personalities of the Dutch musical scene. Guus Geist meets Bernard Haitink, already a big name in the world of conducting and talks to him about his career: what is a conductor (a “complex person”) , his most important words (“too fast, too slow, too loud”), why he loves jazz ( because of the freedom musicians have to improvise), why he hated Mahler when he was young (“too emotional”) and why conducting can be a “phoney profession” at times. They also discuss his opera career. 

Interviewer: Guus Geist

Recorded: September 24, 1979