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Klaus Tennstedt

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 September 1991

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the conductor Klaus Tennstedt. When, at 45, he defected from East Germany, he was virtually unknown in the West. But three years later, after conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he was acclaimed as an international maestro. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his impressive musical career, his defection from East Germany and his battle against cancer of the vocal chords.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Symphony No 6 In A Minor Finale by Gustav Mahler
Book: Dr. Faustus by Thomas Mann
Luxury: Mountain bike

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral' - 1st movement

    Orchestra: The London Philharmonic

    Symphonies 6 & 8, EMI

  • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor 'Pathétique'

    Orchestra: The Philadephia Orchestra

    Symphony No 6 Philadelphia Orchestra, RCA Classics

  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Salome

    Soloist: Birgit Nilsonn Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker

    Strauss/Salome, Decca

  • Image for Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner Götterdämmerung Closing Scene

    Soloist: Jessye Norman Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Wagner: Jessye Norman/ Klaus Tennstedt, EMI

  • Image for Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6 in A minor - 4th movement

    Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Mahler Symphony No 6, EMI

  • Image for Leos Janacek

    Leos Janacek String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters' - 4th movement (finale)

    Orchestra: The Janacek Quartet

    String Quartets, Heliodor

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto in D major - 3rd movement

    Soloist: Nigel Kennedy Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Brahms: Violin Concerto/Kennedy/Tennstedt, EMI

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Falstaff Act 3 (finale)

    Soloist: Guiseppe Valdengo Orchestra: The NBC Symphony Orchestra

    Verdi/Falstaff, RCA Classics

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

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