Bernard Johan Herman Haitink is a Dutch conductor and violinist. He has conducted and recorded a wide variety of repertoire, with the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms…and so many giant composers, and the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Brahms with Claudio Arrau. Haitink has made many recordings for several labels, including Philips Records, EMI Classics, Columbia Records, LSO Live, KCO Live, and CSO Resound. Other recordings include the complete orchestral works of Debussy, the two symphonies of Elgar, the three Mozart/Da Ponte operas, and Wagner’s complete opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. This Haitink’s 6 SACD set of Beethoven Symphonies with the London Symphony has none of the stodginess that sometimes afflicted his earlier recordings with the Concertgebouw. The playing of the London Symphony is phenomenal, especially since these are live recordings.