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Tribute: Lorin Maazel

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lorin Maazel Lorin Maazel (Wikimedia Commons)

The internationally renowned Lorin Maazel started at the podium quite young: he had been invited by Arturo Toscanini to conduct the NBC Symphony at the age of seven, and by 15, was leading several of the most important American orchestras. During his career, he conducted over 150 orchestras (including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra), and at least 5,000 opera and concert performances. He died at the age of 84 in Virginia, where he had been rehearsing the annual Castleton Festival, which he had founded. You can hear his interview with Leonard from 2009 about his rich, musical career.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner M

Maestro LORIN MAAZEL accomplished without fanfare improvements in rehearsing techniques wherein the composer's, not some venturesome virtuoso's, limelight visions holds sway. ARTURO TOSCANINI'S lot was pretty much the same. I attended many TOSCANINI rehearsals at Studio 8 H nd at Carnegie Hall as a family member of a violinist in the orchestra who vouched for me even though I was NOT a family member. MAAZEL's approach was albeit mechanical and not fiery as Toscanini, but it was effective. Too bad for MAAZEL that he did not realize the antipathy was based on his lack of respect for others. Geniuses often are their own worst enemies. Bayreuth benefitted greatly in their presentations under his helm. I believe that his Wagner and Beethoven and Mahler music-making was him at his best and his recordings I believe will back me up. R.I.P. Maestro Lorin Maazel !!!

Jul. 15 2014 09:33 AM

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