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Featured Musician: A Maazel Celebration


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Maazel’s Verdi Requiem: A Moving Valediction

Jeremy Lee writes

Lorin Maazel died on July 13, 2014, and upon his death the musical world mourned at the loss of one of the few remaining “conducting firebrands”:  an extremely gifted and technically secure conductor whose musicality and personality often polarized listeners, especially during his later years.  A frustratingly variable conductor at times, when he was on he could deliver Continue reading

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Maazel’s Mahler Fourth: A True Winner

Jeremy Lee writes

“They don’t like Mahler,” Lorin Maazel was reported as saying, and he really seemed to have a point, because the Vienna Philharmonic by reputation was never a really willing Mahler orchestra, legendary though some of their Mahler recordings were.  (Even Bernstein had to resort to browbeating to make Continue reading

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Gergiev to become new Munich director


Breaking news:  It has been announced yesterday that Valery Gergiev will succeed the incumbent Lorin Maazel in 2015 as the new music director of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.  Gergiev’s initial contract with the MPhil will extend to 2020.  Further details can be viewed here.

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