Kurt Sanderling

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Kurt Sanderling died in 2011, aged 2 days short of 99. He was one of the greats, he is much under-valued, much under-appreciated. What brings this post on is I yesterday had some CDs made of live concerts broadcast by the ABC in the 1990's. They include a fantastic Shostakovich Cello Concerto 2 with his son Michael, now a very promising conductor on the evidence of some Bruckner I've heard, and the Berlin Radio Symphony, a Rachmaninov Symphony 2 with the Berlin Phil and a Schubert 9 with the Concertgebouw. There's also a Rachmaninov 3 from Stuttgart and Brahms Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with Leonskaya and what have you. Best of all is the most devastating Prokofiev 6 I've ever heard, a concert with the Rotterdam Phil, a performance  which has also received a mention on some site after the great man's death. Every month I peruse Gramophone to see if finally this very great conductor recieves the same recognition that much lesser minions regularly receive.  I don't want to denigrate the Abbados and Giulinis and Karajans and Soltis of this world, but when, oh when will this great condutor be recognised? His recordings of Shostakovich alone, not to mention his Brahms, Haydn and Sibelius are simply great. 

Sanderling.

I am with you almost entirely, Dieter, but he was  not the only one who was underrated, sometimes almost neglected and soon forgotten.

However, I believe his Shostakovich and Sibelius Symphonies recordings are second to none along with some more individual recordings. A great conductor with a warmth and emotional charisma to carry you away.

The important thing is that he was one of the few who managed to leave his descendants as worthy musicians, alas not at his level.

For those who experienced his recordings (let alone his "live" performances), he will always be remembered with utmost respect.

Parla

Kurt Sanderling

Then it' time that I do something good for myself and look into Kurt Sanderlings discography. The reality of this and why I tell myself I haven't really overlooked anyone is simply because there are just so many. I'm just about to start on Sandor Vegh as a conductor and this has been a long time coming.

In my mind, hype and publicity so often trumps true ability and it leaves scores of deserving musicians and other types of artists in the shadows. Leonard Bernstein was a wonderful conductor (somtimes) but his fame status wasn't a true reflection of his talent but rather the NYC press and media in what was then the art and financial capital of the world. I doubt if anything will really change and even if it does, it won't help Kurt Sanderling now.

goofyfoot

Restoring the reputation...

..."it won't help Kurt Sanderling now", goofyfoot, but it could restore his reputation at a more appropriate level in the History of Classical Music.

As for Lenny, you are right, but, I trace, through the various and repeated reissues, long tributes to the most competent publications (almost all over the globe) etc., that his reputation is, to some good extent, enhanced...Still, he has not properly recognised as a great American composer.

Parla

Hi Mr G.

Hi Mr G.

Start with the Berlin Classics Mahler set- symphonies 9 and 10 and Das Lied. Then there's his Berlin Symphony Shostakovich 1,5,6,8,10 and 15. Also, his complete Sibelius Symphonies. If you come across his Dresden Brahms cycle, don't hesitate and it should still be possible to get hold of his Haydn Paris Symphonies. The wonderful thing about this will be that it's a new discovery for you.

L.B.

No thanks Dieter99, I could name you a list a mile long of other composers and orchestras that I would prefer to hear than your recommended list of recordings of Leonard Bernstein. 

goofyfoot

L.B. revision

goofyfoot wrote:

No thanks Dieter99, I could name you a list a mile long of other conductors and orchestras that I would prefer to hear than your recommended list of recordings of Leonard Bernstein. 

goofyfoot

LB vs KS (college hoops?)

Looks like there is a misread on the conductors.

Actually Sanderling's Beethoven 2nd with Philharmonia has some hints of the Bernstein NYPO version. (My preference is the former but reverse for the 3rd).

How did Lennie get into this?

How did Lennie get into this???

Lennie und Kurt?

I think Goofyfoot and I were the culprits of this misreading, Dieter. If you read carefully our exchanges in posts #4 & 5, Lennie came to the fore. Then, for some reason, our good friend Goofyfoot took your very correct suggestions for Kurt Sanderling's recordings as those for Lennie.

Goofyfoot, from my side, I can assure you the post #6 refers to some of the most prestigious and more precious recordings by Kurt Sanderling. I personally have the Mahler, Shostakovich and Sibelius recordings, on very good recordings by Berlin (the first two) and on Brilliant the Sibelius. If you are interested to get to know the great artistry of Kurt Sanderling, give a shot to any one of them.

I hope order may be restored.

Parla

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