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Schumann: Symphony No. 4; Mahler / Kurt Sanderling, BBC PO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For the first time on DVD is Kurt Sanderling as he conducts the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra through Schumann's Symphony No. 4 and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Known for enjoying live performances and having an affinity for the late Mahler, Sanderling's reading of Das Lied von der Erde is inarguably one of the finest available on DVD. Sanderling, born in East Prussia, was the principal conductor for the Yevgeny Mravinsky of the Leningrad Philharmonic and is the Emeritus Conductor of the Madrid Symphony. He retired in 2002.

MusicWeb International
this DVD contains two very good performances led by a master conductor. Invest in it and see an economical and thoroughly musical maestro direct deeply considered performances that are the fruit of a lifetime's experience. Kurt Sanderling is one of those conductors of whom it could be truly said 'they don't make 'em like that anymore' - more's the pity!

Gramophone
Sanderling is blessed with singers highly compatible with his interpretation. The versatile tenor John Mitchinson soars comfortably even in the piece's highest registers, and mezzosoprano Carolyn Watkinson... brings to Mahler a comparable sense of musical and emotional transparency, particularly in the concluding 'Abschied'.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 99 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Subtitles: English, French



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
  • Performers: Carolyn Watkinson (Soprano); John Mitchinson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909