MICHAEL GIELEN (1927-2019)


Michael Gielen was one of the most prominent conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries. He was principal conductor at the Royal Opera Stockholm, at the Belgian National Orchestra, at the Dutch Opera Amsterdam, Head of Opera and General Music Director at the Frankfurt Opera, First Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (which later became the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra), Music Director at the Berlin State Opera, and Principal Conductor of the SWF Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden (which later became the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden- Baden and Freiburg). Michael Gielen passed away on March 8th, 2019, at the age of 91.


Our 10-volume Michael Gielen EDITION, launched in 2016, honours this outstanding musician by making a detailed survey of his five-decade career as a leading conductor. It comprises several volumes of varying size, dedicated to individual composers – Beethoven, Bruckner, Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern – and others focusing on major historical periods: from Bach to Schubert; from Carl Maria von Weber to Sergei Rachmaninov; late Romantic or early modern works, while another volume is devoted to compositions written after the Second World War.