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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  • 101.
    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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  • 102.
    Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky / Sanderling, Novosibirsk So
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92557 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Novosibirsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Sileo - Music Of Serenity - Schubert, Barber, Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Art   Catalog: 8285 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Samuel Barber,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Jan Vogler,  Peter Rösel,  Renate Schorler  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling,  Kurt Sanderling,  Heinz Bongartz,  Rolf Kleinert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Gaia Scienza,  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 104.
    Collectors Edition - Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Uchida
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000531002 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3253 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Günther Herbig,  Hermann Prey
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    Artist Portrait - Helene Grimaud
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48173 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 108.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Sanderling, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7490442 Release Date: 11/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsody / Rösel, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3205 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 110.
    The Perfect Beethoven
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67317 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Robert Holl,  Stuart Burrows,  Julia Hamari  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugen Jochum,  Kurt Sanderling,  Paul Strauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Sanderling, Schreier, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9402 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Birgit Finnilä,  Peter Schreier
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 / Grimaud, Sanderling
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 21633 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Uchida, Sanderling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454468 Release Date: 04/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Sanderling, Leningrad Po
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449767 Release Date: 01/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 3 & 4 / Uchida, Sanderling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446082 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 4, 5 & 6 / Sanderling, Mravinsky
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447423 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78029 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dieter Zechlin
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
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  • 120.
    Schostakowitsch: Symphony No 15 / Sanderling, Berlin So
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9043 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Deutscher,  Günter Sennewald,  Gerhard Haas
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78006 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Paavo Berglund
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  • 122.
    Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 / Sanderling, Berlin Symphony
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2181 Release Date: 11/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 3 / Sanderling, Leipzig Gewandhaus
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2151 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Sibelius: The 7 Symphonies, Etc / Kurt Sanderling, Berlin Symphony
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2059 Release Date: 05/31/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Schostakowitsch: Symphony No 8 / Sanderling, Berlin So
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2064 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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