In Tribute to Lorin Maazel

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lorin Maazel Lorin Maazel (Wikimedia Commons)

The late maestro Lorin Maazel, who died this past Sunday at the age of 84, served as music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2002-09, and was an important figure on and off the stage. To commemorate his legacy, the orchestra presents this week a program that originally aired on the occasion of Maazel’s 75th birthday. The program features works composed and conducted by Maazel, with an incredible lineup of soloists.

Program details:

Lorin Maazel: Monaco Fanfares (New York premiere)

Lorin Maazel: Music for Cello and Orchestra
— Han-Na Chang, cello.

Lorin Maazel: The Giving Tree (New York premiere)
— Dietlinde Turban, narrator; Han-Na Chang, cello.

Lorin Maazel: The Empty Pot (New York premiere)
— Jeremy Irons, narrator; James Danner, treble; Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Dianne Berkun, director.

Lorin Maazel: Irish Vapours and Capers (New York premiere)
— Sir James Galway, flute; Dylan Baker and Dietlinde Turban, narrators.

Comments [2]

Squirrel from The tree

I couldn't count if I tried how many fabulous recordings I have of Maazel as conductor. Indeed he is sorely missed by the musical world, he was needless to say one of the great figures of interpretation. Unfortunately I cannot find much substance in his own compositions. Monaco Fanfares seems not unlike a playful Prokofievian/Stravinskyian "excercise" at best, w a dash of tedious Americana thrown in, but without any of the Russian masters wit or charm.

Music for cello and orch which is playing now is imo marginally better, yet utterly directionless and yawn inducing.
This is all ok of course, it could be worse- take for instance Leif Segerstam (One of the great Scandinavian conductors, especially for his interpratation of music of the Finnish, Danish, and Swedes...his Sibelius and Allan Petterrsson recordings are just magnificent) who is such a talented conductor, yet his own compositions (and he wrote quite a bit) are mostly unbearable works of jobbery. Thus it is Maazel the conductor that I shall always cherish; his music well I doubt I'll need to hear it again.

Jul. 17 2014 09:44 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

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. 17 2014 11:58 AM

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