Kurt Masur. A life with music
The former Gewandhauskapellmeister, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, recipient of many top-class awards, united many things in himself that make him revered by some and rejected by others - gifted conductor, state artist and homo politicus, who became active in the face of the escalating situation in the fall of 1989 and thus decisively intervened in the events of the Monday demonstrations.
The actress and publicist Steffi Böttger has used a wide variety of publications and international press reports, as well as interviews with contemporary witnesses, for this portrait of Kurt Masur's life. She portrays Masur in the most diverse facets: as a conductor and homo politicus, as a family man and teacher, and describes dramatic and comical encounters with musicians, politicians and even the figure skating princess of the GDR, Katharina Witt.
Songs by Johannes Brahms, Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler and others will be sung by mezzo-soprano Carolin Masur. After studying at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, Masur's daughter was an ensemble member of various opera companies, had her own column on MDR Figaro for a long time and hosted the program "Musica" on MDR's country magazine.
She will be accompanied by concert pianist Konstanze Hollitzer.