Notes & Reviews:
Kurt Sanderling's German tradition brings great insights to Bruckner's 3rd Symphony, though he rarely conducted the composer's works. This recording features brilliant remastering by Paul Baily, as well as a 10 minute interview in which Sanderling discusses his career and his great admiration for Otto Klemperer.
American Record Guide
it is detailed, colorful, generally well-played by the BBC Northern... the stereo recording is colorful, detailed, and undistorted... I recommend it highly.
I was also interested to hear an uncommonly stolid but in many ways imposing account of Mahler's Fifth Symphony by the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Rudolf Kempe, not exactly a seasoned Mahlerian but certainly a man with a definite view of the music. Kurt Sanderling (now retired) was, it would seem, a rather more convinced Mahler conductor than Kempe and, in a gripping 1982 interview with Piers Burton-Page, refers briefly to "late" Mahler as well as to some key events in his own long career. The main item on this desirable ICA Classics CD is a transparent and well-structured reading of Bruckner's Third Symphony (1888/89 version) with what was the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra (now the BBC Philharmonic), one of Sanderling's swifter performances but in no way lacking in gravitas. A Georges Cziffra all-Liszt recital had me rubbing my eyes in disbelief, principally at two performances recorded in Prague in 1955: the Rapsodie espagnole, where Cziffra's playing summons enormous excitement yet never overheats, and the Second Hungarian Rhapsody, the slow first section very slow, the "friss" second part full of fizz and original interpretative thinking. There are two exciting bonus tracks, both recorded in Turin in 1959, the pitch-black Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H (not, as stated, the Bach-Liszt Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542) and a thunderous account of FunTrailles.
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103
- Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
- Notes: Composition written: 1872-89.
- Running Time: 58 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1872-1889
Word, Spoken : Interview :: Kurt Sanderling with Piers Burton-Page
- Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic