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Hermann Bäumer

Since the 2011–12 season Hermann Bäumer has been principal conductor of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz and general music director of the State Theatre in the same city. His well-thought-out and imaginative programmes and his involvement with unusual music-dramatic repertoire (e.g. the first German performances of Dusapin’s Perela, Langgaard’s Antichrist, Saariaho’s Adriana Mater and Aphergis’ Avis de Tempête) have earned him great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. A former member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he is well acquainted with the subtleties of good orchestral playing, and is highly regarded by orchestras all over the world for his modest approach that always puts the music first. Among the orchestras he has conducted are the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatsorchester München, the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the Ensemble Resonanz und Modern and the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra as well as the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He is known for his work as an educator and works regularly with the German Federal Youth Orchestra and the Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra and Choir.

The present recording is his third of music by Jón Leifs with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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