Lorin Maazel


Born: March 6, 1930; France   Died: July 13, 2014; Castleton, VA  
Born to American parents in Neuilly, France, conductor Lorin Maazel displayed musical maturity at an early age. Educated in the United States, he studied conducting with Vladimir Bakaleinikov, as well as violin and piano in Pittsburgh. Maazel's conducting career was underway by the tender age of seven, when the legendary Arturo Toscanini invited him to lead the NBC Orchestra in New York. Subsequently, young Maazel directed a series of New York Read more Philharmonic performances at Lewisohn Stadium. In 1939, he conducted the Interlochen Orchestra at the World's Fair in New York, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, sharing the podium with Leopold Stokowski. Maazel's Cleveland Orchestra debut was in 1943, beginning what would become a historic relationship. In 1946, he enrolled in the languages, mathematics, and philosophy departments at the University of Pittsburgh. Concurrently, Maazel was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony's violin section. In 1951, Maazel traveled to Italy as a Fulbright Scholar to the study music of the Baroque period, and enjoyed success conducting many leading European orchestras.

In 1972, the celebrated Cleveland Orchestra appointed Maazel its fifth music director. He remained in this capacity for a decade. Maazel also served as music director of several prestigious orchestras, including the Deutsch Oper Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony, and Orchestre National de France, in addition to serving as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. He was the conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony since 1988, and 1993 respectively. Maazel held the distinction of being not only the youngest to ever conduct at Bayreuth, but the first American. In fact, when he conducted Wagner's Ring at Bayreuth, Maazel became the first non-German to do so. The maestro conducted virtually all of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, and more. He had vast and impressive experience directing opera, appearing at such prestigious houses as the Salzbug, Lucerne, Paris, and Metropolitan operas. He also conducted at La Scala and Covent Garden, as well as serving as artistic director (and general manager) of the Vienna State Opera from 1982-1984.

Maazel received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Comande's Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic (Germany), Legion of Honor (France), Commander of the Lion (Finland), and was made an honorary member of the Israel Philharmonic in 1985. He received the Grand Prix du Disque award ten times, and was given numerous honorary degrees from various universities. His popularity and influence were undeniable when the United Nations named him Ambassador of Goodwill.

Maazel championed the use of television and film, himself writing film adaptations for such landmark works as Gustav Holst's Planets, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. He also wrote operatic film music for Mozart's Don Giovanni and Bizet's Carmen, directed by Joseph Losey and Francisco Rossi, respectively. For these efforts, Maazel was awarded several international prizes.

Throughout his career, Maazel recorded extensively, adding to a discography that is highlighted by recordings of the complete symphonic output of Beethoven, Mahler, Rachmaninov, and Sibelius. In addition to his conducting career, Maazel maintained his dedication to composition. The 1996 recording of his concertos for cello, flute, and violin, with Rostropovich, Galway, and the composer as soloists respectively, was indicative of Lorin Maazel's timeless devotion to musical creativity.
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  • 1.
    Lorin Maazel - The Complete Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002251502 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanine Collard,  Jane Berbié,  Sylvaine Gilma,  Colette Herzog  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4-6
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 361 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Philharmonia Orchestra
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
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    Legendary Moments from the New Year's Concerts
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 795206 Release Date: 01/04/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Lanner  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Lorin Maazel,  Werner Hink
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Herbert von Karajan,  Lorin Maazel,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi & Puccini Recital / Kiri Te Kanawa
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802187 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Laurence Dale,  Gillian Knight,  Linda Finnie  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Lorin Maazel,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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    Verdi & Puccini / Kiri Te Kanawa, Pritchard, London Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92605 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Maurice Duruflé,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Siegmund Nimsgern  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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    The Classical Album 2005
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000529102 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Agustín Lara,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Lorin Maazel,  Bryn Terfel,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    2005 New Year's Concert / Maazel, Vienna PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775366 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sentimento / Andrea Bocelli, Lorin Maazel, London So
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473450 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Jacques Offenbach,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Greatest Hits - Saint-saens
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 69251 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Marielle Nordmann,  Mason Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy,  John DeMain,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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    Fright Night - Music That Goes Bump In The Night
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45530 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Liszt,  Charles Ives,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Gilbert Kalish,  E. Power Biggs,  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Eugene Ormandy,  Lorin Maazel,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York String Quartet  ... 
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  • 12.
    Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf;  Britten / Lorin Maazel
    Label: Dg Musikfest   Catalog: 415921 Release Date: 05/01/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Alec Clunes
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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