Death of Kurt Masur

12/19/2015

On 19 December, Kurt Masur died at the age of 88. From 1976, he worked together with the Berliner Philharmoniker in numerous concerts. His programmes covered a broad repertoire, including rarely-heard works such as Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher. However, the focus of his appearances was the German repertoire of the 19th century with particular emphasis on Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bruckner.

Ulrich Knörzer, a member of the orchestra board: “We mourn the loss of Kurt Masur with whom we had a long association. In the early years, our joint concerts were also a sign of the common musical heritage of the two former German states. Furthermore, Kurt Masur was an impressive example of the tradition of the Kapellmeister: a straightforward musician who was guided by firm artistic and humanistic convictions. We will remember him with great respect and affection.”

Kurt Masur in rehearsal with the Berliner Philharmoniker, March 1984
(Photo: (Photo: Reinhard Friedrich))