Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bach JS - Violin Concertos - Suske, Masur, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra


The German conductor, Kurt Masur, is one of the most widely admired and respected musicians of his generation, well known to orchestras and audiences not only as a distinguished conductor, but also as a humanist. In his capacity as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Kapellmeister, he led nearly a thousand performances between 1970 and 1996 and more than nine hundred concerts on tour. For many seasons, Kurt Masur served as Gewandhaus Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, a position of profound historic importance thatKurt Masur has been held by such figures as Felix Mendelssohn, Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwängler, and Bruno Walter. Upon his retirement from this post in 1996, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig named him its first-ever Conductor Laureate. His close and intense collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, where he has been Music Director from 1991 - 2001, has been marked by a consistently high quality of playing and artistic spirit. He 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.

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