Kurt Masur

Composers

Biography

Born: Jul 18, 1927; Poland  
Kurt Masur's tenure with the New York Philharmonic in the 1990s superficially seemed a throwback to the days when American orchestras always looked to the European continent when naming their conductors. In fact, the appointment was both unusual and forward-thinking. Born in Brieg, Silesia (in modern-day Poland) in 1927, Masur is one of the most respected conductors of his generation and is well known for his human rights Read more activities.
Masur studied cello and piano while at the Breslau Music School from 1942 to 1944. After the war he found himself in the Soviet-occupied zone of Germany, which became the German Democratic Republic (DDR) or East Germany. His education then continued at the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik, where he studied piano, composition, and conducting (1946-1948). His professional career began as a coach and assistant conductor in the Halle Landestheater. He then became Kapellmeister of the Erfurt City Theater (1951-1953). Next, he was his appointed as Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Opera Theater. (1953-1955).
His first orchestral position came with the Dresden Philharmonic (1955-1958). He then returned to opera, becoming Generalmusikdirektor of the Mecklenburg State Theater in Schwerin (1958-1960). One of his most important appointments came in 1960, when he took the post as Senior Director of Music at the Berlin Komische Oper, where he worked with the famous director and producer Walter Felsenstein. He returned to the Dresden Philharmonic as its music director (1967-1972). In 1970 he became Gewandhauskapellmeister of Leipzig, a position of high prestige ever since the Gewandhaus Orchestra had been led by Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, and indeed Felix Mendelssohn. He remained at the Gewandhaus through 1996, during one of the most important stretches in the orchestra's history. Together they made numerous recordings for the East German state recording company, many of which became generally available in the West only during the 1990s. He also took the orchestra on significant foreign tours, and in 1975 he became a professor at the Leipzig Academy.
Masur was and remains a frequent guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras. His U.S. debut came in 1974, when he led the Cleveland Orchestra and also took the Gewandhaus Orchestra on its first American tour. His New York Philharmonic debut took place in 1981.
Masur became outspoken in his opposition to DDR policies, and in 1989 he played a central role in the growing demonstrations against Communist rule. As a result he was awarded several of Germany's highest civilian honors, and his profile in the West was raised still further.
In 1991 Masur was appointed music director of the New York Philharmonic. Although the orchestra was in fine form when he took it, he was been credited with sharpening its precision, creating a more incisive sound. Masur and the Philharmonic recorded extensively on the Teldec label. Under his tenure, the orchestra resumed its historic series of live national radio broadcasts, becoming the only orchestra in the United States with such a program in place. In 1999, the orchestra's "Messages for the Millennium" project commissioned works by Thomas Ades, John Corigliano, Hans Werner Henze, Giya Kancheli, and Kaija Saariaho, and in June of the following year, Masur and the Philharmonic completed their fifth European tour.
In 1996 he stepped down from his position with the Gewandhaus, which elected to give him the title of Conductor Laureate -- the first time it had bestowed that honor. Since 1992, he has held the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2000, Masur assumed the position of Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. At the end of his contract with the New York Philharmonic in 2002, Masur became music director of the Orchestre National de France.
Masur also holds honorary degrees from the Breslau Academy of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Indiana University, the Juilliard School, Leipzig University, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Michigan, Westminster Choir College, SUNY Binghamton, and Yale University. Read less

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Composers

Biography

Born: Jul 18, 1927; Poland  
Kurt Masur's tenure with the New York Philharmonic in the 1990s superficially seemed a throwback to the days when American orchestras always looked to the European continent when naming their conductors. In fact, the appointment was both unusual and forward-thinking. Born in Brieg, Silesia (in modern-day Poland) in 1927, Masur is one of the most respected conductors of his generation and is well known for his human rights Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Promenade 1
I. The Gnome
Promenade 2
II. The Old Castle
Promenade 3
III. Tuileries
IV. Bydlo
Promenade 4
V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
VII. The Market Place at Limoges
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
X. The Great Gate of Kiev
Part I: Massig schnell, mit Kraft - Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
Part II: Lebhaft - Langsam - Im ersten Zeitmass
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice
3. Allegro con fuoco
Concert Introduction & Allegro in D Minor, Op.134
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio cantabile e con moto
III. Allegretto moderato
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
IV. Finale: Presto
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, S.124 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major S124 (1990 Digital Remaster): Quasi adagio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, S.124 (1990 - Remaster): Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, S.124 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro marziale animato
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Adagio sostenuto assai -
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro agitato assai -
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro deciso
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Marziale un poco meno allegro
Piano Concerto No.2 in A Major, S.125 (1990 - Remaster): Allegro animato
1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro molto
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Adagio
3. Allegro vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.1 in F minor, S.359 No.1 (Corresponds with piano version no. 14 in F minor) - Orch. Liszt/Doppler
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in D minor, S.359 No.2
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.3 in D, S.359 No.3 (Corresponds with piano version no. 6 in D flat) - Orch. Liszt/Doppler
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.4 in D minor, S.359 No.4 (Corresponds piano version no. 12 in C sharp minor) - Orch. Liszt
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.5 in E minor, S.359 No.5 (Corresponds with piano version no. 5 in E minor) - Orch. Liszt
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D, S.359 No.6 (Corresponds with piano version no. 9 in E flat) - Orch. Liszt
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
Kyrie: Assai sostenuto (Mit Andacht)
Gloria: Allegro vivace
Credo: Allegro ma non troppo
Sanctus: Adagio (Mit Andacht)
Agnus Dei: Adagio
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto vivace
I. Adagio e grave - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto - Trio: Presto
IV. Allegro molto
I. Adagio e grave - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto - Trio: Presto
IV. Allegro molto
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129: Nicht zu schnell -
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129: Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller -
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129: Sehr lebhaft - (Cadenza) - Im Tempo - Schneller
No.1 in C (Presto)
No.2 in E minor (Allegretto scherzando)
No.3 in A flat (Poco allegro)
No.4 in F (Tempo di minuetto)
No.5 in A (Allegro vivace)
No.6 in D (Allegretto scherzando)
No.7 in C minor (Allegro assai)
No.8 in G minor (Presto)
No.1 in B (Molto vivace)
No.2 in E minor (Allegretto grazioso)
No.3 in F (Allegro)
No.4 in D flat (Allegretto grazioso)
No.5 in B flat minor (Poco adagio)
No.6 in B flat (Moderato, quasi minuetto)
No.7 in C (Allegro vivace)
No.8 in A flat (Lento grazioso, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di valse)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto grazioso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
Uvod (Introduction)
Gospodi pomiluj (Kyrie) (Soprano, Chorus)
Slava (Gloria) (Soprano, Tenor, Chorus)
Veruju (Credo) (Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Svet (Sanctus) (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Agnece Bozij (Agnus Dei) (Soloists, Chorus)
- [organ solo]
Intrada
1. Frühling
2. September
3. Beim Schlafengehen
4. Im Abendrot
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Moderato
1. Allegro moderato
2. Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Nocturne: Adagio
II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo
III. Passacaglia: Andante
IV. Burlesca: Allegro con brio
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Adagio - Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo: Allegro assai
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Vivace
II. Largo ma non tanto
III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Moderato
Allegro-Andante
Allegro-Rondo (Allegro)
Adagio-Andante
Andante con moto-Adagio
Polacca
Aria: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
Recitative: Wir beten zu dem Tempel an
Aria: Hochster, mache deine Gute
Chorale: Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren
Finale: Alleluja!
Aria: Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten
Recitative: Die Welt wird wieder neu
Aria: Phoebus eilt mit schnellen Schritten
Recitative: Drum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnugen
Aria: Wenn die Fruhlingslufte streichen
Recitative: Und dieses ist das Glucke
Aria: Sich uben im Lieben
Recitative: So sei das Band der keuschen Liebe
Gavotte: Aria: Sehet in Zufriedenheit
I. Es gibt eine Kunst
II. Nebukadnezar gebietet
III. O diese Judith
IV. Eins mochte ich wissen
V. Den toten
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 3. Allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 - 4. Allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 2. Andante cantabile con moto
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21 - 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 2. Larghetto
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro molto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 2. Allegretto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno presto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto -
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. "O Freunde nicht diese Töne" -
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Allegro assai -
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Alla marcia (Allegro vivace assai) -
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Andante maestoso - Adagio non troppo, ma divoto -
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato -
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Allegro ma non tanto
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro vivace e con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto scherzando
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo di menuetto
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 - 4. Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 2. Adagio
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 3. Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60 - 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio, ma non troppo
III. Finale. Allegro moderato


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