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Kurt Masur

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Kurt Masur’s tenure with the brand new York Philharmonic within the 1990s superficially appeared a throwback to the times when American orchestras generally looked towards the Euro continent when naming their conductors. Actually, the session was both uncommon and forward-thinking. Blessed in Brieg, Silesia (in modern-day Poland) in 1927, Masur was perhaps one of the most reputed conductors of his era and was popular for his individual rights actions. Masur examined cello and piano while at the Breslau Music College from 1942 to 1944. Following the battle he discovered himself within the Soviet-occupied area of Germany, which became the German Democratic Republic (DDR) or East Germany. His education after that continued in the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik, where he researched piano, structure, and performing (1946-1948). His professional profession began like a trainer and associate conductor within the Halle Landestheater. Then became Kapellmeister from the Erfurt Town Theatre (1951-1953). Next, he was his appointed mainly because Kapellmeister from the Leipzig Opera Theatre. (1953-1955). His 1st orchestral position was included with the Dresden Philharmonic (1955-1958). Then came back to opera, getting Generalmusikdirektor from the Mecklenburg Condition Theatre in Schwerin (1958-1960). One of is own most important sessions arrived in 1960, when he got the post as Older Movie director of Music in the Berlin Komische Oper, where he caused the famous movie director and maker Walter Felsenstein. He came back towards the Dresden Philharmonic as its music movie director (1967-1972). In 1970 he became Gewandhauskapellmeister of Leipzig, a posture of high prestige since the Gewandhaus Orchestra have been led by Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, and even Felix Mendelssohn. He continued to be on the Gewandhaus through 1996, during perhaps one of the most essential stretches within the orchestra’s background. Together they produced many recordings for the East German condition recording company, a lot of which became generally obtainable in the Western world only through the 1990s. He also had taken the orchestra on significant international travels, and in 1975 he became a teacher on the Leipzig Academy. Masur was a regular visitor conductor using the world’s leading orchestras. His U.S. debut emerged in 1974, when he led the Cleveland Orchestra and in addition had taken the Gewandhaus Orchestra on its initial American tour. His NY Philharmonic debut occurred in 1981. Masur became outspoken in his opposition to DDR insurance policies, and in 1989 he performed a central function in the developing presentations against Communist guideline. Because of this he was granted many of Germany’s highest civilian honors, and his profile in the Western was raised even more. In 1991 Masur was appointed music movie director of the brand new York Philharmonic. Even though orchestra is at fine type when he got it, he was been acknowledged with sharpening its accuracy, creating a even more incisive audio. Masur as well as the Philharmonic documented extensively within the Teldec label. Under his tenure, the orchestra resumed its historical group of live nationwide radio broadcasts, getting the only real orchestra in america with such an application set up. In 1999, the orchestra’s “Communications for the Millennium” task commissioned functions by Thomas Ades, John Corigliano, Hans Werner Henze, Giya Kancheli, and Kaija Saariaho, and in June of the next year, Masur as well as the Philharmonic finished their fifth Western tour. In 1996 he stepped down from his placement using the Gewandhaus, which elected to provide him the name of Conductor Laureate — the very first time it got bestowed that honor. Since 1992, he kept the lifetime name of Honorary Visitor Conductor from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In Sept 2000, Masur assumed the positioning of Primary Conductor from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which he kept until 2007. By the end of his agreement with the brand new York Philharmonic in 2002, Masur became music movie director from the Orchestre Country wide de France, a posture he kept until 2008. He continued to be active like a visitor conductor for a couple even more years, although his age group and health positioned some restrictions on his engagements.

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Full Name Kurt Masur
Died December 19, 2015, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Profession Film Score Composer, Music Director
Education University of Music and Theatre Leipzig
Nationality German
Spouse Tomoko Sakurai, Irmgard Masur, Brigitte Stütze
Children Carolin Masur, Ken-David Masur, Matthias Masur, Michael Masur, Angelika Masur
Awards Deutscher Fernsehpreis - Founders' Honorary Award, Echo Klassic Lifetime Achievement Award
Albums Grieg: Peer Gynt, Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romances, Violin Concertos, Mendelssohn : Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 - Apex, Orchestral Works (Gewandhaus-Orchester feat. conductor: Kurt Masur), Triple Concerto / Choral Fantasy, Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra, War Requiem Op. 66, 6 Hungarian Rhapsodies (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig feat. conductor: Kurt Masur), Symphonies Nos.1 & 5, Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 / Schumann: Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 131, Franck: Symphony in D Minor / Les Eolides, Violinkonzerte, Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-9, Brass Too, Concertos From the New World, 21 Hungarian Dances, The Complete Violin Concertos / Scottish Fantasy, Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad', Alexander Nevsky / Scythian Suite, Schumann: Genoveva (Opera), Virtuoso Horn Concertos, Mendelssohn: The 5 Symphonies, Tchaikovsky 'Live', Fidelio, Mendelssohn: Overtures, Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão, Symphonie Nr. 5 e-moll,Op. 64, Die erste Walpugisnacht, Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos 1-3, Concert Fantasia (New York Philharmonic feat. conductor: Kurt Masur, piano: Elisabeth Leonskaja), Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sinfonias Nos. 8 and 11, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 26 and 27 (Schmidt, Dresden Philharmonic, Masur), Elly Ameling Recital, MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 and 13 / Rondo, K. 386 (Schmidt, Dresden Philharmonic, Masur), Dvorak Violin Concerto - Elgar Violin Sonata, The Symphonies / Overtures / Song of Destiny / German Requiem (New York Philharmonic feat. conductor: Kurt Masur), Pierre Monteux Edition, Volume 14: Symphonies nos. 4, 5 & 6 “Pathétique”, Liszt: Ungarische Rhapsodien (Eloquence), Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20-27 - Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 - Concertos KV 313, 315, 299 & Concertos for Wind Instruments KV 622, 191 & 314- Wind Concertos, Symphonies nos. 3 & 8 "Unfinished" / Wanderer-Fantasie, Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 'Scottish', Brahms : Symphonies Nos 1 - 4, Overtures & Ein deutsches Requiem, Ein deutsches Requiem (Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Alexander Rahbari), Kurt Masur conducts the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchesterwerke, Vol. 2, Sinfonien Nr. 5 & 7, Mendelssohn : Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig feat. conductor: Kurt Masur), Tchaikovsky : Symphony No.2, 'Little Russian' & Romeo and Juliet, Mozart: The Piano Concertos & Rondos, Schumann: Piano Concertos
Nominations Porin Award for Best Foreign Classical Music Album


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#Fact
1 Music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic.
2 He was Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1970 to 1996.
3 He was conductor of the Orchestre National de France. from 2002 to 2008.
4 Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1991 to 2002.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anne-Sophie Mutter & Mendelssohn 2009 TV Movie performer: "Violin concerto e-moll op. 64"
Anne-Sophie Mutter: Encounters with Mendelssohn 2009 Video documentary short performer: "Violin concerto e-moll op. 64"
Copying Beethoven 2006 performer: "Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92"
La neuvième 2004 TV Movie documentary performer: "9th Symphony"
The Hours 2002 performer: "Beim Schlafengehen"
Children of the Revolution 1996 performer: "Alexander Nevsky Cantata"
Stalin 1992 TV Movie performer: "Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78" - as Kurt Mazur
Wild at Heart 1990 performer: "Im Abendrot"
Romeo 1990 performer: "Wiegenlied" Berceuse
Too Beautiful for You 1989 performer: "ROSAMUNDE D 797: Entr'acte no 2" - as Kurt Mazur

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anne-Sophie Mutter & Mendelssohn 2009 TV Movie conductor - segment "Violin Concerto"
Kurt Masur: Adventures in Listening 2008 Documentary conductor
Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music 2007 TV Series documentary conductor - 1 episode
Kurt Masur: A Life in Music 2007 TV Movie conductor
Great Performances 2001 TV Series musical director - 1 episode
Die Eisprinzessin 1996 TV Movie music - as Prof. Kurt Masur
Hotel Deutschland 1992 musical director
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 1991 TV Special documentary conductor

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hotel Deutschland 1992

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Klassik und Kalter Krieg - Musiker in der DDR 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Deutschland, deine Künstler 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Anne-Sophie Mutter & Mendelssohn 2009 TV Movie Himself (segment "Violin Concerto")
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Der Schmerz des Glücks 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ja wam to zagram 2009 Documentary Himself
Kurt Masur: Adventures in Listening 2008 Documentary Himself
La passion boléro 2007 Documentary Himself
Kurt Masur: A Life in Music 2007 TV Movie Himself
Riverboat - Die MDR-Talkshow aus Leipzig 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Mein Kriegsende 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 2005 TV Series Himself
Radio France: 24 heures sur 24 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show 2002 TV Series Himself
Live from Lincoln Center 1999 TV Series Himself (conductor)
Opus 20 Modern Masterworks: Richard Strauss 1992 TV Movie documentary Conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 1991 TV Special documentary Conductor
November Days 1991 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - In Memoriam
Anne-Sophie Mutter: Encounters with Mendelssohn 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Riverboat - Die MDR-Talkshow aus Leipzig 2006 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Founders' Honorary Award German Television Awards

For his outstanding public participation during the peaceful revolution in Eastern Germany, ... More



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