Veteran conductor and former child prodigy Lorin Maazel has died aged 84 from complications of pneumonia.
Maazel was born in France to Jewish American parents and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He made his conducting debut at age 8 and conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He has served in the capacity of chief conductor or music director of the following orchestras: RSO Berlin, Cleveland, Orchestre National de France, Vienna State Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic. Maazel and his family hosts the Castleton Festival at their estate in Castleton, Virginia.
Top Ear remembers this conductor for having delivered some outstanding recordings in his long career, in particular his Sibelius cycle and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Vienna Philharmonic, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Respighi’s Roman Trilogy with the Cleveland Orchestra, and his Rachmaninov and Bruckner with the Berlin Philharmonic. His Mahler 4th is the highlight of his uneven Mahler cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic and is highly treasured by Jeremy–review here.
Maazel was scheduled to conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic in a Brahms symphony cycle next year.
Top Ear extends its deepest condolences to Maazel’s family. Rest in peace, Maestro.