Without Masur, there would be no Gewandhaus, no Mendelssohn Haus

Without Masur, there would be no Gewandhaus, no Mendelssohn Haus


norman lebrecht

December 20, 2015

Among Kurt Masur’s many achievements in 26 years as Gewandhaus music director was to persuade the city and the state to restore the house where his predecessor, Felix Mendelssohn, had lived in the 1840s.

There was no official enthusiasm for the project. Masur drove it through by sheer force of personality, eventually establishing a foundation that maintains the museum and its projects to the present day.

mendelssohn haus

Masur was also personally responsible for getting the Honecker regime to build a new Gewandhaus concert hall, in place of the one that was bombed out.

Tomorrow, the city of Leipzig will open a condolence book for Kurt Masur in the foyer of the new Gewandhaus.


Kondolenzbuch für Kurt Masur (1927-2015)

Am Montag, den 21. Dezember 2015, 9:30 Uhr, tragen sich der Leipziger Oberbürgermeister, Burkhard Jung, Ehrendirigent Herbert Blomstedt, der Orchestervorstand, Gewandhausdirektor Andreas Schulz und der Vorsitzende des Personalrates, Konrad Lepetit sowie Jürgen Ernst, Direktor des Mendelssohn-Hauses in das Kondolenzbuch ein, das im Hauptfoyer des Gewandhauses ausgelegt wird. Das Kondolenzbuch ist ab dann auch außerhalb des Konzertbetriebs öffentlich zugänglich (Mo-Fr 10-18 Uhr, Sa 10-14 Uhr).


  • John says:

    I’m sad to say that I came to know and respect Maestro Masur way too late. I’m thankful that he has left us a recorded legacy.

  • Olassus says:

    Leipzig still has no marker for Wagner’s birth house, afaik, but it does have the Bach portrait and the Schumann house in addition to the Mendelssohn.

    • Olassus says:

      Interesting. I guess they must be planning something better for the future because they have obviously condemned that building, which in any case is set back more that the birth house would have been.