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Lorin Maazel

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Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 : Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 - 3. Poco allegretto The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 06:40
Don Giovanni, K. 527 : Fuggi, crudele, fuggi! Edda Moser, Kenneth Riegel, Lorin Maazel 03:37
Don Giovanni, K. 527 : Overture Lorin Maazel 05:54
Don Giovanni, K. 527 : Trema, trema, o scellerato! Lorin Maazel, Chorus & Orchestra Of The Théâtre National De L'Opera, Paris 02:03
Don Giovanni, K. 527 : Ah, dov'è il perfido? Lorin Maazel, Chorus & Orchestra Of The Théâtre National De L'Opera, Paris 01:30
Aida / Act 1 : Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - "Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida" Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Lorin Maazel 04:12
Don Giovanni, K. 527 : Questo è il fin Lorin Maazel, Chorus & Orchestra Of The Théâtre National De L'Opera, Paris 01:33
Bizet: Carmen, WD 31: Overture Lorin Maazel 02:08
J. Strauss II: Wiener Bonbons, Op. 307 Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 09:19
Offenbach: Barcarolle Andrea Bocelli, London Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, Jacques Offenbach 02:36

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Biography

The American conductor, composer and violinist Lorin Maazel was born in France in 1930 where he was a child prodigy making his performing debut at the age of eight. His parents emigrated to Pittsburgh, USA and Maazel's formative years were spent in that region.

At the age of 20 Maazel was engaged as a conductor with the Gershwin Concert Orchestra and he rapidly became a prominent figure within classical music in Europe. By comparison, his career in America developed at a more leisurely pace and it wasn't until later when he was appointed music director of the Cleveland Orchestra and then later the New York Philharmonic that he began to garner the recognition he deserved in his adopted homeland.

Maazel enjoyed an incredibly varied career and his recording catalogue extended to over 300 works by composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schubert and Richard Strauss. He also conducted the music for three operatic films - 'Don Giovanni' (1979), 'Carmen' (1984) and 'Otello' (1986). Professionally he had a reputation as a hard taskmaster and could be notoriously demanding during rehearsals, a characteristic which mellowed over the years. He died at his estate in Virginia in 2014, aged 84.