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Mendelssohn - Symphony No 4 in A Major "Italian" - first two movements

with Kurt Masur

In this online masterclass, the maestro works on the first two movement of the Symphony No 4 in A Major Op. 90 of Mendelssohn, known as the  "Italian".

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intermediate
Course Length
6 lessons · 95m 57s

Kurt Masur is one of the great European conductors of our time who recently celebrated 60 years as a maestro. For 26 years he was Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, following in the footsteps not only of Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter but of Felix Mendelssohn himself who was in charge of the orchestra for twelve years until his death in 1847.

In this masterclass, the maestro works on the first two movements of the Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 of Mendelssohn, known as the Italian. This lesson is followed by a complete performance of four students, each of them conducting one movement of this bright and light work. Composed in 1830 during a halt in Italy, it was inspired by the landscapes of the country and by the romantic emotions that the young man felt during his trip. Completed in 1833, this great success was long considered his best symphony, before the Scottish was in turn glorified.

Students: Daniele Rustioni, Huba Hollokoy

In partnership with The Masterclass Media Foundation Archives, which provides a valuable educational resource in order to perpetuate musical passion and knowledge from one generation to another. [MMF032]


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Kurt Masur

Kurt Masur is one of the great European conductors of our time who recently celebrated 60 years as a maestro. For 26 years he was Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, following in the footsteps not only of Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter but of Felix Mendelssohn himself who was in charge of the orchestra for twelve years until his death in 1847.

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.
In September 2002, Mr. Masur became Music Director of the Orchestre National de France in Paris with whom he now has the title of Honorary Music Director for Life. From September 2000-2007 he was Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic. He has been professor at the Leipzig Academy of Music since 1975.

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