Kurt Sanderling

Biography

Born: September 19, 1912; Arys, East Prussia   Died: September 17, 2011  
In January 2002, it was announced that conductor Kurt Sanderling had decided to do something few conductors ever chose to do: he was going to retire. In the year he would turn 90, Sanderling was still a vital and probing maestro, but his decision would afford him time to explore his other protean interests. He had accomplished much, participating in the musical life of both East and West during the period of the Cold War, collaborating with many Read more excellent orchestras that had relished his comprehensive knowledge and far-reaching musicianship and he enjoyed the respect of famous soloists. Born in a part of East Prussia that later became Polish territory, Sanderling studied in Königsberg and Berlin before being appointed an assistant conductor at Berlin's Städtische Oper in 1931; he worked there for two years before leaving to join the Berlin Jewish Cultural Federation. The rise of National Socialism forced Sanderling to flee eastward in 1936. Settling in Moscow, he became conductor of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, assistant to Georges Sebastian. From 1939 to 1942, Sanderling was conductor of the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra. A successful guest appearance in Leningrad led to his appointment as permanent conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic, sharing leadership of the orchestra with Yevgeny Mravinsky. Following the end of WWII, Sanderling also taught at the Leningrad Conservatory. In 1960, Sanderling returned to Berlin to become chief conductor of the East Berlin Symphony Orchestra, a post he kept until 1977. For three years, beginning in 1964, he also served as conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle. Even before the end of his tenure with the E.B.S.O., Sanderling had begun to make guest appearances abroad, winning new admirers among orchestra members, audiences, and critics. He became active at several music festivals, among them Salzburg, Vienna, Edinburgh, and Prague. Mutual admiration grew from his first appearances with Britain's Philharmonia: he was made an honorary member in 1996 and later became the orchestra's conductor emeritus. Beginning in 1979, he forged a relationship with Tokyo's Nippon Symphony Orchestra. During his Russian years, Sanderling came to know Dmitry Shostakovich well. His interpretation of the Symphony No. 15 ("a horrific work about loneliness and death," in Sanderling's words) is exemplary. The conductor's Brahms' symphonies are likewise among the finest ever recorded. Read less

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  • 1.
    Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Tone Poems / Sanderling, Sinaisky
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9439 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Maria Jogeva
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 7, 9 / Sanderling, Giulini, Southwest German Radio Symphony
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94604 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Russian Archives - David Oistrakh Plays Russian Violin Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9239 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Taneyev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Karl Eliasberg,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Complete Concertos / Pollini, Kremer, Shaham [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001607002 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Pascal Gallois,  Patrick Gallois  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 6 - Live Radio Recordings 1990-2000
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Ildiko Komlósi,  Kolos Kovacs,  Martha Argerich,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Claus Peter Flor,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Swingle Singers,  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus
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  • 6.
    Schumann, Symphony No 4; Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kurt Sanderling
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5042 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 / Bronfman, Sanderling
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057638 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Richard Strauss: Burleske / Grimaud
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4680715 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Shostakovich: Symphony No 15 / Sanderling, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45815 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Sviatoslav Richter - Pianist Of The Century
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778122 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Witold Rowicki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Symphoniker,  Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Brahms, Etc: Violin Concertos / Oistrakh, Hagen, Zukermann, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8076 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Greutter,  Thomas Zehetmair,  Antonio Meneses,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Günter Wand,  Kurt Sanderling,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture;  Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, Bbc Northern So
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4248 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
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    Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos, Etc / Richter, Sanderling
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463649 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Stanislaw Wislocki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No 3;  Varčse: Arcana; Mosolov / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436640 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandr V. Mosolov,  Edgard Varčse,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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    Kurt Sanderling - 95th Birthday Celebration - Bruckner, Shostakovich, Mahler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8415 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Peter Schreier,  Maria Croonen,  Annelies Burmeister
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphonic Poems / Sanderling, Berlin Symphony
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 4915 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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    Deutsche Grammophon's Essential Beethoven Box
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000966672 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Anatol Ugorski,  Henryk Szeryng,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  LaSalle String Quartet  ... 
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    The Russian Piano Tradition - Richter, Zak, Oborin
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yakov Zak,  Lev Oborin,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Konstantin Ivanov,  Alexander Gauk,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Symphonies / Sanderling, Berlin So
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9217 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Günter Sennewald,  Gerhard Haas,  Karl-Heinz Deutscher
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Helene Grimaud - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63265 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Sanderling
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 5020 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, C Minor Variations / Uchida
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462586 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Schumann: Piano Concerto, Etc / Brendel, Sanderling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462321 Release Date: 05/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphonies No 2 & 3 / Kurt Sanderling, Berliner So
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9273 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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