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.
    Great Symphonies - The Highlights / Various
    Label: Delta Records   Catalog: 1198370 Release Date: 12/06/2005  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Hargan,  Kolos Kováts,  Ute Walther,  Eberhard Büchner
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  János Ferencsik,  Hans Graf,  Sandor Végh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Label: Pomaton   Catalog: 3489232 Release Date: 11/18/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Johann Pachelbel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Queffélec,  Cécile Ousset,  Giulio Franzetti,  Izzy  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Simon Rattle,  Riccardo Muti,  Michael Nyman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic soloists
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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3039 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
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  • 105.
    Franck: Symphony; Strauss: Metamorphosen / Suitner, Sanderling
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3023 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    Musik in der D.D.R. Vol I - Orchestral Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9069 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Günter Kochan,  Friedrich Goldmann,  Udo Zimmermann,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
    Performer:  Kurt Sandau,  Manfred Scherzer,  Hans-Joachim Scheitzbach,  Burkhard Glaetzner
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert Kegel,  Günther Herbig,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 108.
    Weber: Clarinet Concertos, Euryanthe Overture / Sanderling
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3022 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 109.
    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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  • 110.
    The Best Classical Album In The World Ever
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 678909 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon,  Moura Lympany,  Nigel Kennedy,  Tasmin Little  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan,  André Previn,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 111.
    Musik...sprache Der Welt - Beethoven: Symphony No 2, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000265102 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Musik...sprache Der Welt - Fricsay, Furtwängler, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474980 Release Date: 06/01/2004   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Raucheisen,  Diana Eustrati,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Igor Markevitch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Motet Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 113.
    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:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 114.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 / Kurt Sanderling, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4973 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    The Best Of Weber
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462868 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Heinrich Majowski,  Herbert Stähr,  Alfred Malecek,  Rudolf Hartmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Willfried Boettcher,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 / Grimaud, Sanderling
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 21633 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    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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  • 125.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 2 - Concertos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453707 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Pascal Gallois,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Eva Ander  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Peter Gülke,  Daniel Barenboim,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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