- Telegraph: "Forced out of Germany by the Nazis, he made his career in Russia until, in 1960, he returned to what was then East Germany....Educated privately, he began his career at the age of 18 as a répétiteur at the Berlin Städtische Oper, assisting Klemperer, Erich Kleiber and Wilhelm Furtwängler. In 1936 he left Germany for Moscow. After making his debut with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra shortly after his arrival..."
- BBC News: "German Conductor Kurt Sanderling, who fled Nazi Germany for Moscow in 1936, has died in Berlin at the age of 98."
- Guardian: "After working for the Jewish Cultural Foundation, he was forced to leave Germany."
- LA Times: "When the Nazis rose to power in Germany in 1933, Sanderling was dismissed from his position because he was Jewish. Two years later he fled the country."
- NY Times: "Kurt Sanderling, an often acclaimed German-born conductor who spent most of his career in the Communist world after finding refuge from the Nazis there during World War II, died on Saturday in Berlin. He was 98....Mr. Sanderling’s budding career with the Berlin State Opera was cut short when the Nazis came to power and removed him from his post because he was Jewish. He fled to Moscow in 1935...."
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The conductor Kurt Sanderling died a few days ago, just short of his 99th birthday. He earned obituaries in the NY Times, the LA Times, and the Telegraph (UK), among others. We need to compare and contrast a bit: