Lorin Maazel, in loving memory (1930-2014)

Today, the classic music world lost one of his greatest conductors, Maestro Lorin Maazel.



The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Jenny Lawhorn, a spokeswoman for Mr. Maazel. He had been rehearsing for the Castleton Festival, which takes place on his farm, in recent weeks.

A former child prodigy, He projected an image of an analytical intellectual — he had studied mathematics and philosophy in college, was fluent in six languages (French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, as well as English) and kept up with many subjects outside music.

He was revered for the precision of his baton technique, and for his prodigious memory — he rarely used a score in performances.


Here, is the 9th Symphony of Beethoven, conducted by Maestro Maazel:

Rest in peace, Maestro.


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