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Masur's first important conducting job was with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he worked from 1955 to 1958 and again from 1967 to 1972. He also worked with the Komische Oper of East Berlin. From 1970 to 1996 he was teh Kapellmeister of the famous Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In 1991, Masur became music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2002 to 2008, Masur was music director of the Orchestre National de France. On his 80th birthday, Masur conducted musicians from both these orchestras at a Proms concert in London, conducting music by Tchaikovsky and Bruckner. The beginnings of the orchestra go back to 1743, when a society called the Grosses Concert began performing in private homes. The orchestra gave its first concert in the Gewandhaus in 1781. It is the oldest orchestra in Germany, apart for private orchestras. In 1835, the great composer Felix Mendelssohn became the orchestra's main conductor. He was called the Gewandhauskapellmeister. He kept this position, apart from one year, until his death in 1847. In 1885, the orchestra moved into a new hall which was given the same name. The present Gewandhaus is the third building with the name. It was opened in 1981.

Robert Schumann - The complete Symphonies

CD1Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring"

Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61    

Overture to Goethe's "Herrmann und Dorothea", Op. posth. 136     


Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"  

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120    

Overture, Scherzo and Finale in E major, Op. 52 

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - The complete Symphonies


Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11

Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" 


Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang" 


Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 "Italian"

Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 107 "Reformation" 

Anton Bruckner The complete Symphonies

CD6 Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, WAB 101 (Linz Version) 

CD7 Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, WAB 102 (Original Version) 

CD8 Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, WAB 103 (1889 Version) 

CD9 Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major, WAB 104 "Romantic" (Original Version) 

CD10 Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, WAB 105 (Original Version) 

CD11 Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (Original Version) 

CD12 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107 (Original Version) 

CD13 Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108 (Original Version) 

CD14 Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, WAB 108 (Original Version)

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (Original Version)     

CD 15: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, OP. 72

Ouverture, Act I & Act II

CD16 Act III, Leonore Overture No. 3 in C Major, Op. 72a

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