Kurt Masur Conducts Beethoven and Bruckner

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Kurt Masur leads the New York Philharmonic Kurt Masur. (Chris Lee)

Thursday at 9 pm, remember former New York Philharmonic music director Kurt Masur, who passed away last December, as we listen to him conduct two symphonic gems: Beethoven's First and Bruckner's Seventh. Masur was known for his mastery of this repertoire and led authoritative performances of both composers' works at the Philharmonic.

Program Details:

Conductor: Kurt Masur

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 1
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No 7

Comments [4]


he once said, something like…".my music is not entertainment"…..and he was right….
After listening to him the first time,…I joined the NY Philharmonic, went to every concert I could, every rehearsal open to the public, took courses at The Julliard School and discovered my daily life was changing.. . ..Basically every day was enriched from that point on..

Feb. 11 2016 10:30 PM
Sandy from Belleville, NJ

Thank you for sharing! I remember being a Hunter College student and going crosstown to hear many performances conducted by him. He's an awesome conductor.

Feb. 11 2016 05:17 PM
Carol Luparella from Garfield, NJ

I listened to this broadcast last night on WWFM.org. The Bruckner 7th Symphony was the first of his works that I became familiar with, and this was an excellent performance of it. I will probably listen again to the broadcast on WQXR this evening.

Feb. 11 2016 10:48 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

Kurt Masur is very much missed as a --- if not the --- last standard-bearer of the core German-Austrian repertory in our time. The revolutionary Beethoven is announced at the beginning of his First Symphony in C with a dominant seventh chord resolving to F, followed by a moment in a minor, followed by a resolution to G before finally settling down in C. Another "revolution" or "evolution" is his fast 3-4 time scherzo movement "allegro molto e vivace" though still marked "Menuetto". Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, perhaps the most easily accessible, I'm sure will be played with a full-bodied yet mellow tone throughout with climaxes sounding like an organ. The slow second movement, dedicated to Wagner who passed on at the time of the symphony's composition, is a memorial to him; and, on this occasion, a memorial to a great conductor.

Feb. 11 2016 06:08 AM

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