Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 London Philharmonic Orchestra & Kurt Masur
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica":
- 1Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica": I. Allegro con brio16:58
- 2Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica": II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai14:05
- 3Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica": III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace05:34
- 4Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 55 "Eroica": IV. Finale. Allegro molto11:27
- Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67:
- 5Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio07:14
- 6Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto09:16
- 7Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: III. Allegro07:58
- 8Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro10:23
Info for Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 24 November 2004 (Symphony No. 3) and 27 November 2004 (Symphony No. 5).
This recording features former Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Kurt Masur, who conducted more than 150 performances in London and internationally during his tenure.
Masur inaugurated the launch of the LPO’s own label in 2005 with live performances of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5.
Kurt Masur was renowned for conducting Beethoven with insight and cohesion; these concert performances were conducted from memory. He sadly passed away in December 2015; this captivating pair of concert recordings from 2004 pays tribute to his musical legacy.
The concert performances of these symphonies were praised at the time. The Daily Telegraph said of the Fifth Symphony “it was the joyous conclusion of the Fifth, with all Beethoven’s guns blazing, that left the packed audience in a euphoric mood… Masur shaped the whole symphonic drama... with the hands of a master.” (The Daily Telegraph, UK)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kurt Masur, conductor
is well known to orchestras and audiences alike as both a distinguished conductor and humanist. In September 2002, Mr. Masur became Music Director of the Orchestre National de France in Paris. Effective with the beginning of the 2008/2009 season he will assume the title of Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestre National de France ensuring his close and active involvement with this Orchestra for many more years to come. From September 2000-2007 he was Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic. From 1991-2002 he was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic; following his eleven year tenure he was named Music Director Emeritus, becoming the first New York Philharmonic music director to receive that title, and only the second (after the late Leonard Bernstein, who was named Laureate Conductor) to be given an honorary position. The New York Philharmonic established the "Kurt Masur Fund for the Orchestra", which will endow conductor debut week at the Philharmonic in perpetuity in his honor. From 1970 until 1996, Maestro Masur served as Gewandhaus Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, a position of profound historic importance. Upon his retirement from that post in 1996, the Gewandhaus named him its first-ever Conductor Laureate. Mr. Masur is a guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras and holds the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In July 2007, Maestro Masur celebrated his 80th birthday in an extraordinary concert at the BBC Proms in London where he conducted joint forces of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. A professor at the Leipzig Academy of Music since 1975, he has received numerous honors: in 1995, he received the Cross of the Order of Merits of the Federal Republic of Germany; in 1996 he received the Gold Medal of Honor for Music from the National Arts Club; in 1997 he received the titles of Commander of the Legion of Honor from the French government and New York City Cultural Ambassador from the City of New York; in April 1999 he received the Commander Cross of Merit of the Polish Republic and in March 2002, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Johannes Rau, bestowed upon Mr. Masur the Cross with Star of the Order of Merits of the Federal Republic of Germany and in September 2007, the President of Germany, Horst Köhler, bestowed upon him the Great Cross of the Legion of Honor with Star and Ribbon. In September 2008 Maestro Masur received the Furtwängler Prize in Bonn Germany. Maestro Masur is also an Honorary Citizen of his hometown Brieg. Maestro Masur has made well over 100 recordings with numerous orchestras. In 2008, Maestro Masur celebrates 60 years of career as a professional conductor.