During the 3rd movement of Tchaikovsky`s sixth symphony with the Orchestre National de France last night, the conductor Kurt Masur lost his footing and fell off the podium. Masur, who is 84 and has suffered various health issues, was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. The concert was abandoned. We will try to bring you an update on his condition.
The official statement reads: ”He fell while he was conducting the orchestra during the second half of the concert and was rushed to a hospital where he is undergoing tests”.
Here is what one Slipped Disc reader heard on digital radio, in Brazil:
Shortly after bar 230, the performance came to an abrupt halt. The orchestra stopped in mid bar, you could hear a thump and the shriek of horrified audience and/or orchestra members, followed by the unannounced sounds of a Tchaikovsky song from a CD.
It all reminded me very much of the circumstances of Toscanini`s last concert. A couple of minutes later,the announcer said that Maestro Masur had fallen from the podium and was to be rushed to the nearest hospital. Having seen him conduct Schumann Cello Concerto and Bruckner 7 some weeks ago, my wife and I almost sensed this had to happen sooner or later, so frail he seemed at this concert. Nevertheless,it was a shocking experience to listen to this broadcast tonight. We wish Maestro Masur a speedy recovery.
And here is a French media report.
UPDATE: Latest health bulletin here.