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Harbison, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev with the Boston Symphony

Masterful Masur conducts Harbison, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev with the Boston Symphony

by Kevin Wells BachTrack

October 20, 2018

“Broad sweeping gestures and an expressive baton articulated by all the joints in his right arm drew a kaleidoscope of dramatically appropriate sound, rhythm and color, giving so much voice to the ballet that it took on the quality of an opera without words… …Masur has the knack for building and sustaining drama and tension within each piece in a program, creating a sense of inevitability through to the end. It would be a treat to hear him bring that skill to bear on an opera sometime.”

Rachmaninoff and Brahms with the Milwaukee Symphony

In season opener, Milwaukee Symphony brings audience to its feet again and again

by Elaine Schmidt Journal Sentinel

September 16, 2018

“Masur and the orchestra filled the program’s second half with a beautifully rendered performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, using perfectly placed tempos shifts, artfully layered textures, and meaningful dynamic changes to bring a fresh energy to the four movements, along with musical urgency and momentum.”

Ken-David Masur conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic

At the Hollywood Bowl, breathing life into the most famous symphony ever written

by Rick Schultz Los Angeles Times

August 24, 2016

“Conducting without a baton, Masur used a score but hardly looked at it. He showed an impressive structural grasp both in his warm and perfectly paced Andante and in his supple shaping of the score’s wraith-like transition from the Scherzo into the bracing Allegro finale. Masur also highlighted the riveting virtuosity of the Phil’s cellos and brasses in the Scherzo’s trio section.”

Ken-David Masur conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood

REVIEW: BSO in fine fettle under Asst. Conductor Ken-David Masur

by David Noel Edwards The Berkshire Edge

July 22, 2016

“If a conductor doesn’t share Tchaikovsky’s penchant for the shamelessly bombastic, then a “classier” or more reserved composer might be a better choice. But Masur is fearless of Tchaikovsky’s over-the-top grandiloquence, and he knows how to pull out the stops and damn the torpedoes at appropriate times.

Don’t all conductors do this when the score calls for it?

It may appear that they do. But under Masur’s direction on Saturday, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 crackled with such vitality and force that past performances of the work now seem pale and tentative by comparison. The crowd was ready to explode long before the piece ended. And when it did, they stood and roared.”

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