Shostakovich - Symphony no.5 | Berlin Classics 0300750BC

Shostakovich - Symphony no.5

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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0300750BC

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd July 2016

Contents

Artists

Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester

Conductor

Kurt Sanderling

Works

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Symphony no.5 in D minor, op.47

Artists

Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester

Conductor

Kurt Sanderling

About

One of the key symphonies by one of the most important composers of the 20th century – the Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich is a symphonic masterpiece that is of undiminished relevance today. In its interpretation by Kurt Sanderling, it found a congenial realization whose validity was acknowledged by the composer himself.

Barbara Sanderling, Berlin Symphony Orchestra double-bassist from 1961 to 1986 and the conductor’s wife, notes that the Fifth Symphony was “part of his life” in a very special way. Kurt Sanderling had conducted the first revival of the work after the renewed “ostracism” (of Shostakovich’s music) of 1948. He conducted the BSO in the Symphony for the first time in October 1961 and kept it in the repertory for over twenty years before the recording sessions documented here took place. Frau Sanderling remembers how her husband as principal conductor – drawing on the “bonus of age and experience given him by his life and career” – developed an unbelievable understanding of this music. It was providential that Shostakovich “expressly confirmed what Kurt Sanderling had read into the music.”

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