Renaud Capucon, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Kurt Masur
On October 9, 1989 in the DDR, 70.000 people demonstrated peacefully. This demonstration was a cry for freedom. Thanks to Kurt Masur, who was one of six prominent inhabitants of Leipzig to introduce the notion of 'peaceful revolution', the demonstration passed without bloodshed. On the same night, Masur conducted Johannes Brahms' 'Second Symphony' at Leipzig's Nikolaikirche. The following demonstrations partly caused the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, which paved the way for the reunion of the two Germanies. On the 20th anniversary of the first peaceful demonstration, Masur once again conducts the Gewandhausorchester in Brahms' 'Second Symphony'.