Maestro Lorin Maazel

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lorin Maazel, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, discusses stepping down from that position, his musical career, and his new venture—the Castleton Festival - a three-week music festival in rural Castleton, Virginia, which features 120 young musicians staging, performing, conducting, and putting on four Britten chamber operas.


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Comments [11]

Robert Marcus from Brooklyn, NY

Mitch Miller was an oboist.

Jun. 22 2009 01:57 PM
Robert Marcus from Brooklyn, NY

Can you ask Mr. Maazel about his own Jewishness visa vie the previous subject.

As a person and as a musician.

Jun. 22 2009 01:55 PM
CH from Staten Island

Has maestro Maazel ever substantially changed his approach to conducting any work in the canon based on new research findings?

Jun. 22 2009 01:46 PM
Linda from new york city

I am so impressed with Maestro Maazel. He speaks English so PERFECTLY --- how does he do that? what other languages does he speak? all of them so accentless?

Jun. 22 2009 01:46 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Suda [3] true, but whomever set it up -- it stil might have been done so as something as a gimmick. It's not as if this sort of thing doesn't happen in our society (more and more no? Think "reality TV".)

And as a 9 year old at the time, I am sure the Maestro was not offended. He understands the legitimacy of the question.

Jun. 22 2009 01:41 PM
Suda Ratan from NYC

Sure, but that kind of question is a direct attack--a child doesn't choose to do this--others do that for him/her.

Jun. 22 2009 01:36 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Leonard, please follow up on the accoustics issue and ask the Maestro what it feels like to be playing in a hall with bad accoustics vs a good hall.... how does it manifest itself?

Jun. 22 2009 01:35 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Suda [3]. Not an unreasonable question given that Maestro Maazel was conducting as a 9 year old.

Jun. 22 2009 01:31 PM
Suda Ratan from NYC

Why would Mr. Lopate ask Mr. Maazel if his early performances were "gimicks"?
Shouldn't Leonard Lopate apologize for asking this?

Jun. 22 2009 01:29 PM
sharon from harlem, nyc

lopate just said there's never been a good french horn player who became a conductor. hello - GUNTHER SCHULLER!! :)

Jun. 22 2009 01:28 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Isn't Gerard Schwartz a French Horn player?

Jun. 22 2009 01:27 PM

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