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Mendelssohn - Symphonies nos.1 & 5 - Masur, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig

Mendelssohn - Symphonies nos.1 & 5 - Masur, Gewandhaus Orchester
Symphonic | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 225 MB
June 25, 1991 | Teldec | RapidShare

Leipzig Gewandhaus

Masur conducted the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra for three years ending in 1958 and again from 1967 to 1972. He also worked with the Komische Oper of East Berlin. In 1970, he became Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, serving in that post until 1996.

In 1991, Masur succeeded Zubin Mehta as music director of the New York Philharmonic (NYP). During his tenure, there were reports of tension between Masur and the NYP's Executive Director at the time, Deborah Borda, which eventually contributed to his contract not being renewed beyond 2002. In a television interview with Charlie Rose, Masur stated that regarding his leaving the NYP, "it was not my wish". The root of the problem problem was a fundamental discordance in status between the Americas and Germany regarding employed personalities of standing. In the former case, the hired beneficiary is expected "to report" to the benefactor, in the latter, he expects a free hand to execute his tasks as he feels best on account of his (to be) recognized experience. Masur stepped down as the NYP's Music Director in 2002, and was named its Music Director Emeritus, a new title created for him. The critical consensus is that Masur improved the playing of the orchestra compared to his more pliable and forbearing predecessor.

In 2000, Masur became principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), and held this position until 2007. In April 2002, Masur became music director of the Orchestre National de France, and served in this post until 2008, when he took the title of honorary music director of the ONF. On his 80th birthday, 18 July 2007, Masur conducted musicians from both orchestras at a Proms concert in London. His performances draw a wide range of reviews. Masur has appeared as a guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras, and holds the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

CD Content
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn
Performed by Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Conducted by Kurt Masur

Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn
Performed by Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Conducted by Kurt Masur

Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Conductor: Kurt Masur
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Audio CD (June 25, 1991)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Teldec
ASIN: B00000E8R6

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