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Walter Heinz Bernstein (Harpsichord, Clavichord, Organ)

Born: 1922 - Leipzig, Germany

The German harpsichordist and organist, Walter-Heinz Bernstein, studied at the Kirchenmusikalischen Institut des Landeskonservatorium der Musik in Leipzig, with Karl Straube, Günther Ramin, Johann Nepomuk David, Walter Bohle, etc. He passed the A-exam in 1941.

In 1948 Walter-Heinz Bernstein became Kantor in Hamburg Wellingsbüttel (organ recordings at the NwdR). In 1950 he was appointed Kantor in Ravensburg, and was director of the Bachchor, including performance of about 40 Bach Cantatas in the church service. With the BachChor he also performed J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), Magnificat (BWV 243), Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248/3-6), and Motets, and Mozart's Requiem. In 1956 he became Kantor at the Friedenskirche in Leipzig, and in 1960 Kantor at St. Petrikirche, performing church music every Sunday (Heinrich Schütz, J.S. Bach, Johann Nepomuk David, etc.).

Walter-Heinz Bernstein took part in numerouus radio broadcasts and recordings. He has co-operated in music research with the Institute of the Leipzig University. He was active in publishing at the Leipziger Verlagen as well as Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel. He has also taught at the Musikhochschule Leipzig as well as in Göteborg, Sweden. Since 1985 he is Kantorenamt in Lindenberg/Allgäu.

 

Source: Ebert Musik Verlag Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (September 2007)
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Aryeh Oron (September 2007)

Walter Heinz Bernstein: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental & Vocal Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Max Pommer

Organ

BWV 56, BWV 82 [w/ baritone Siegfried Lorenz]

Han-Joachim Rotzsch

Organ

BWV 1, BWV 4, BWV 10, BWV 21, BWV 36, BWV 40, BWV 50, BWV 61, BWV 68, BWV 71, BWV 79, BWV 80, BWV 110, BWV 134, BWV 137, BWV 140, BWV 172, BWV 192, BWV 243

Peter Schreier

Harpsichord

BWV 36c, BWV 201, BWV 202, BWV 203, BWV 204, BWV 205, BWV 206, BWV 207, BWV 208, BWV 209, BWV 210, BWV 213, BWV 214, BWV 215

Peter Schreier

Organ

BWV 232

Recordings of Bach’s Instrumental Works

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Wilhelm Schüchter

Harpsichord

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 BWV 1050

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Walter-Heinz Bernstein (Ebert Musik Verlag) [German]

 

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