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Posted on 09/18/2011 8:11:53 AM PDT by Borges
The quiet legend that was Kurt Sanderling is no more.
Sanderling, a German refugee in Stalins Russia, grew very close to Dmitri Shostakovich during and after the Second World War. He was joint principal conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra with Yevgeny Mravinsky, effectively his deputy. He would get to conduct the second run of performances of each new symphony after his boss had given the premiere. Mravinsky, a man of deep reserve, had a cold and formal relationship with Shostakovich. Sanderling became a close friend. When I asked him once to talk about it, he refused. I dont like to make myself look great through my contact with a man of true greatness, he said.
He returned to East Germany in 1960 to direct the Berlin Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. A mild-mannered socialist, he was trusted by the regime and allowed to guest conduct in the west, where he worked productively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the Philharmonia, in London. His recordings of Mahlers 9th symphony and Shostakovichs 10th and 15th are among the most impressive available.
Through a lifelong friendship with the composer Berthold Goldschmidt, he was among the first conductors to perform Deryck Cookes completion of Mahlers 10th symphony, which Goldschmidt had premiered in 1964.
Sanderling retired from the podium in 2002.
Two of his sons, Thomas and Stefan, enjoy international careers as conductors. A third, Michael, is a cellist and conductor.
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One of my favorite albums is the Rachmaninoff concerto no. 2, Sviatoslav Richter with Sanderling conducting the Leningrad Orchestra.
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