Shostakovich - Symphony no.5
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Label: Berlin Classics
Cat No: 0300750BC
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 22nd July 2016
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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