Schostakowitsch: Symphonies / Sanderling, Berlin SO

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1912, Kurt Sanderling has earned a reputation as one of the most talented conductors to come out of Germany (he announced his retirement in 2002). Most veteran collectors will recall his fine DGG recordings of 50 years ago, mainly done in Russia, where he had gone in 1936, eventually sharing duties with Evgeny Mravinsky as conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic. His recording of the Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 is still considered a benchmark. Returning to Germany in 1960 he became chief conductor of the East Berlin Symphony until 1977. Afterwards he was in demand as a guest conductor. He is also the father of conductors Thomas and Stefan Sanderling and cellist Michael Sanderling. In an interview in the Winter 1996 issue of DSCH, Sanderling reveals his long fascination with Shostakovich's Symphonies. He claims that No. 5 was the first contemporary work he conducted; that he conducted only the second performance of No. 6 and that he has performed No. 15 at least 80 times. The ones he feels the most affinity for are No. 6 and No. 8. This boxed set gathers together Sanderling's exceptional performances of these particular works, the ones he feels closest to. By the way, when asked why he hadn't recorded the others, such as No. 13 or No. 14, he mentioned that his son Thomas was doing those and he didn't want to "disturb him!"



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923-25.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1925

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1939.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1939

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 49 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1943.
  • Running Time: 65 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1943

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1953.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
  • Performers: Günter Sennewald (Cello); Gerhard Haas (Trombone); Karl-Heinz Deutscher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 48 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1971