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December 29, 2014 NPR Music remembers musicians — singers, songwriters, instrumentalists — and other visionaries we lost in 2014. Explore and celebrate their musical legacies.
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Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
July 13, 2014 A second-generation American, he was one of the most prominent conductors of the post-World War II era, leading orchestras and opera companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He died Sunday at 84.
Lorin Maazel conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 — with no score — live at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2012.
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March 1, 2012 Lorin Maazel leads the revered orchestra in Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and his own 'Ring Without Words' — Wagner's 'Ring' whittled down to 70 singer-free minutes.
June 16, 2011 Coming up this season: a midsummer night's dream of good music at festivals from coast to coast.
July 2, 2009 After conducting the New York Philharmonic for seven years, Lorin Maazel gave his last performance June 27. Now, at 79, Maazel has launched a two-week festival on his Virginia farm, intending to teach aspiring conductors.
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January 2, 2009 For WNYC's Soundcheck host John Schaefer, the best classical music of the year came not from new releases, but from the news in the classical music world. The biggest story was the New York Philharmonic's performance in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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March 10, 2008 On February 26, conductor Lorin Maazel led the New York Philharmonic in an unprecedented concert in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was the first time a major American orchestra performed in the communist country. The concert was broadcast nationwide.
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February 26, 2008 The New York Philharmonic's music director, Lorin Maazel, says he believes the concert his orchestra performed Tuesday in Pyongyang, North Korea, could help bring the peoples of the United States and North Korea a "tiny step closer." In an unusual move, North Korea's state-run television and radio broadcast the concert live. It began with the playing of both countries' national anthems. The stage included both the North Korean and American flags.
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February 26, 2008 In an act of symphonic diplomacy, conductor Lorin Maazel takes the New York Philharmonic on a historic visit to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, armed with music by Gershwin and Dvorak. But the unprecedented event is not without criticism.
February 26, 2008 The New York Philharmonic is in North Korea as part of a historic cultural exchange. The philharmonic is the first major American cultural group to visit the isolated communist nation. The group will perform a concert Tuesday night that will be aired on state-run radio and television.
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