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Posted by dieter barkhoff on January 26, 2018, 11:02 pm
Dan Morgan's review of the LSO Shostakohich 11 with Rostropvich was interesting. It mentions the conductors who had a relationship with Shostakovich. One conductor whose relationship with Shostakovich has flown under the radar is Kurt Sanderling's eldest son Thomas. Shostakovich entrusted the German premiere of his 14th Symphony to Thomas Sanderling and Thomas Sanderling recently recorded the English Version of the Verses to British Poets with Gerald Finley, the scores of which were given to him by Shostakovich's widow. ( Thomas Sanderling's performances of the 8th and 4th are available on You Tube and are great performances.)
Apart from that, the 11th Symphony is not a symphony I have ever been able to sit though without feeling rather bored. I feel the same way about the so-called Leningrad Symphony. Worst of all is the 12th in my estimation. It seems to me that Shostakovich was not at his most inspired when writing formulated music, or music for occassions, or the celebration of historical events.
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