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Lorin Varencove Maazel (March 6, 1930 – July 13, 2014)


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"...greatly saddened to hear of the death of the American conductor Lorin Maazel on Sunday. Born in France and educated in the United States, he showed a talent for conducting from early childhood, quickly establishing a reputation as a consummate perfectionist for whom only the best would do. He was renowned for having an almost photographic memory for scores, and could often be a daunting presence in rehearsals.

 

From about the 1970s onward, his career was mostly focused on orchestras in the United States, with whom he performed and recorded regularly..."

 

Another great loss for the World of Music.

 

Enjoy the music,

Richard

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"...greatly saddened to hear of the death of the American conductor Lorin Maazel on Sunday. Born in France and educated in the United States, he showed a talent for conducting from early childhood, quickly establishing a reputation as a consummate perfectionist for whom only the best would do. He was renowned for having an almost photographic memory for scores, and could often be a daunting presence in rehearsals.

 

From about the 1970s onward, his career was mostly focused on orchestras in the United States, with whom he performed and recorded regularly..."

 

Another great loss for the World of Music.

 

Enjoy the music,

Richard

 

I have his Sibelius Symphony cycle on British Decca (London Records) from the late '60's and early '70's and found his interpretations better than most. He was truly a real conducting talent, and a loss to the concert music world.

George

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We saw Maazel this past March conducting the Vienna Phil in Berkeley. He came in as a replacement for Daniele Gatti, who injured his shoulder. At the concert, the president of the VPO (one of the first violinists) told the story. After Gatti hurt himself, they called Maazel to replace him in three concerts they were giving in California, the first in LA on March 3. He checked his calendar and said he was conducting in Munich on March 2, but to wait while he checked the plane schedules. He asked what time did the concert begin? He said he could be there. He got there in time to rehearse the orchestra for one hour. We heard him a few days later, conducting the Mahler Symphony 4. Although he almost always conducts from memory, I noticed he was using a score. I had seen him fairly regularly conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in London over the past few years, including part of his complete Mahler cycle that he did for the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death in 2011 or 2012. He conducted a magnificent performance of the Mahler Symphony 1 along with Songs of a Wayfarer, from which Mahler took for the main theme of the first movement of the symphony. I don't think he ever used a score when I saw him conduct until last Spring.

 

Maazel did the complete Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Symphonies early in his professional career with Decca, beginning in the late '60's. He was a real prodigy, conducting as a child - he conducted the Pittsburg Symphony and the New York Philharmonic at ages 10 and 11. Interestingly, he became the permanent conductor of the NYP when he was in his 70's.

 

Larry

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