Kurt Masur held the position of Kapellmeister at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig from 1970 to 1996. Following his retirement, Masur was named as the first Conductor Laureate in the history of the orchestra. In 1998, he became the chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2000.
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian.” The work demonstrates a romantic moodscape of his journey through Florence, Rome and Naples. A sunny melody dominates the first movement (allegro vivace), uniting artistically with the idyllic second theme in the course of the movement, and leads to an impassioned finale. The present recording thusRead more completes a circle for the Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Kurt Masur.
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition: In the present recording with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Mussorgsky describes ten paintings by his friend Hartmann and frames them by the “Promenade,” which guides the viewer on his way round the exhibition.
Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 71 minutes
Format: NTSC, Widescreen, LPCM Read less
Fine "Italian", interesting "Pictures"December 27, 2014By Wayne H. (McAlester, OK)See All My Reviews"Of Mendelssohns five symphonies, the 4th Symphony, aka the Italian, is the best-known. Lively, tuneful, and sunny, it is symphonic candy. Veteran Mendelssohnian Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester do a fine job with it in this well-recorded live performance. Numerous orchestrators have turned their hand to Mussorskys piano masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition. For this live performance, instead of the familiar orchestration by Ravel, Masur chose to use the one by Sergei Gorchakov. It has plenty of orchestral color in it, and a listener not very familiar with Ravels treatment of Pictures might not know the difference. For this reviewer, the let-down in this well-played and well-recorded performance is the finale, which lacks the overwhelming climax that other conductors have produced using Ravels version."Report Abuse