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    Remembering a Great Musical Thinker

    Karsten Witt about the late Hans Zender

    My first encounter with Hans Zender – in 1978, when he was conducting the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie – was in many ways a formative experience. He was the first conductor with whom we discussed the "dramaturgy" of our programme; that this made sense was, of course, immediately evident to us, but at that time such an approach was not yet common. For the programme, we opted for Schoenberg’s Op. 16, Brahms’ Double Concerto, and Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor. The recording of this work became our first LP at Deutsche Grammophon.