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Kurt Masur: A Life in Music: The Anniversary Gala from Leipzig [DVD Video]


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WXR4WC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Masur conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and MDR Radio Choir in works by Nicolai, Moniuszko, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Gershwin, Dukas, Bizet, and Jobim. Harald Schmidt acts as host and soloist.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hubert S. Mickel on April 5, 2008
Format: DVD
Kurt Masur was the principal conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for 26 years. In the autumn of 1989, there were large demonstrations in Leipzig against the limitations of freedom imposed by the Deutsche Democratische Republik. Kurt Masur became involved as mediator, presenting his call for no violence to the government leaders and appealing to the public by radio not to use force. It was the strength of his personality and the high regard to which he was held by the people of the DDR and Leipzig that resulted in the success of his appeal. In 1996, he gave up his position as principal conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He continued on as principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held with Leipzig since 1991, for some additional years. He gave up that position as well to become of principal conductor of another two orchestras: the London Symphony Orchesta and the Orchestre National de France. In the summer of 2007, he returned to Leipzig in celebration of his 80th birthday, which was on July 18, 2007, to conduct a concert with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He invited Harald Schmidt, a German talk-show host whom he regarded highly, to help liven up the concert. He stated that his conducting is thought of as teutonic and serious. None of the pieces selected for the gala concert were serious. The first one, "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" by Otto Nicolai was the first piece he conducted in his first job at Halle. This was followed by a Mazurka by Moniuszko from the opera, "Halka". Then came two lovely "Liebeslieder Waltzes" by Brahms, sung by the MDR Radio Choir. Tchaikowsky's "Capriccio Italien" was next, followed by Mambo from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein.Read more ›
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By Neil C. Roth on November 16, 2013
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Any DVD featuring Kurt Mazur is top-notch and this one is no exception. A MUST for all classical music lovers!
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