STRAUSS, R. Ein Heldenleben / SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8. BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Kurt Sanderling. BBC Legends

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Strauss R Ein Heldenleben Schubert Orchestra Kurt Sanderling Bbc Legends

RICHARD STRAUSS / FRANZ SCHUBERT

Ein Heldenleben, Symphony No. 8

R. Strauss

Ein Heldenleben

Schubert

Symphony No. 8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’

BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Kurt Sanderling

Recorded: Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 30 September 1975 (R. Strauss)

BBC Studios, Manchester, 17 April 1978 (Schubert)

Sanderling was born in Arys, East Prussia on 19 September 1912. From 1942 to 1960 he was joint principal conductor with Evgeny Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic, and then led the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Staatskapelle. During the 1960s Sanderling made successful appearances in Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and Warsaw, and made his British debut in 1970, becoming particularly associated with the Philharmonia in January 1980, and was later appointed their Conductor Emeritus. He conducted the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in 1976 in a sequence of outstanding performances which led to subsequent appearances with the orchestra in 1978, 1980 and 1990. During the 1990s Sanderling enjoyed a distinguished international career, giving notable performances with the Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw, LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio and Cleveland orchestras.

This Manchester live recording with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra preserves Sanderling's wonderful performance in Manchester's Free Trade Hall on 30th September 1975 in excellent stereo. In April 1978, Sanderling returned to Manchester and conducted the BBCNSO once again, this time under studio conditions in Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Sanderling's only published account of this work, again in excellent stereo.

Leader Barry Griffiths recalls Sanderling in rehearsal as being ‘very easy going and extremely pleasant to work with. He was very relaxed and humorous.’ As far as performance was concerned: 'He gave us the impression that he thought we were a great orchestra and as a result he got the absolute most out of us. In performance he was always in command but never tense. This was the first time that I had played the solo part in Heldenleben in public, and he helped me all the way through.'

Stereo

BBC Legends BBCL42622

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