Kurt Masur - The Complete Warner Classics Edition
Label: WARNER CLASSICS
At the concert commemorating the victims of 9 / 11, the New York Times recognized in Kurt Masur's conducting in 2001 "the unbroken belief in the signaling effect of music and its healing power." This phrase is characteristic of the socially committed conductor, whom Warner Classics now honors with a new edition of his complete recordings on EMI and Teldec. Masur always used his popularity politically as well. Conductor of the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1970 to 1996, he exerted a de-escalating influence on the protests that ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The demonstrations went down in the history books as the "Peaceful Revolution". The 70-CD new edition covers the years from 1974 to 2009 and paints a picture of the conductor's multifaceted work. The recordings focus on the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Kurt Masur led both as principal conductor and embraced the contrasting nature of the two orchestras - one the epitome of traditional European sound culture, the other part of the modern New World. And so the recordings include works by great classics such as Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky as well as modern composers such as George Gershwin and Charles Ives. Among the numerous soloists with illustrious names are the grande dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja, as well as the keyboard storm Fazıl Say, the former child prodigy Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and the violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov.