When Politics Drown Out The Music

Kurt Masur is one of an elite group of conductors whose names are known in all corners of the world. But Masur carries more than a musical reputation around with him: “if his life were a coin, its two sides would be musical and political. [He] will always be remembered as the man whose appeal for calm, when East Germany teetered on the brink of revolution in 1989, averted violence and possibly saved lives.”