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Conductor Kurt Masur dies at age 88

Masur, who spent much of his career in communist-controlled East Germany, specialised in the repertoire of the 19th century and brought a new clarity to the orchestra's sound.


KURT Masur, a renowned conductor who led the New York Philharmonic for 11 years and who manifested the healing power of music during tense political moments in his native East Germany, when he played a crucial peacemaking role in the weeks before the collapse of communism and