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Posted by dieter barkhoff on May 29, 2017, 1:16 pm
Re Mr Cookson's review of the Michael Sanderling Shostakovich 10/Beethoven Eroica. Mr Cookson writes an excellent and knowledgeable review but I am staggered that no mention is made of Michael Sanderling's father's recording - Kurt Sanderling - with the Berlin Symphony, recorded by Berlin Classics in 1978. Without laboring the point, Kurt Sanderling had a close association with Shostakovich in his role as co conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic. On the recording I have - LC 6203- there is an interview with Sanderling and I believe Sanderling captures what this music represents with insight and authority. The recording and orchestral playing in this recording are first rate. There is also a terse gravitas, a proper placement of musical logic, a sense of inevitability, even at a tempo quite slower than the Naxos Petrenko recording Mr Cookson finds so admirable. In fact, I find Petrenko rather matter of fact, always eager to move on. It's almost a cinematic interpretation, the music not standing for as much as Sanderling reads into it. This was music intensely personal to Shostakovich. It ought to sear. Petrenko just moves it along.
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