• Lorin Maazel, who turns 82 this month, led the orchestra entirely from memory in both  Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and his own arrangement of Wagner called the "Ring Without Words." No score meant no music stand — and so he had an even more immediate connection to the orchestra.
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    Lorin Maazel, who turns 82 this month, led the orchestra entirely from memory in both Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and his own arrangement of Wagner called the "Ring Without Words." No score meant no music stand — and so he had an even more immediate connection to the orchestra.
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  • According to the Vienna Philharmonic's own description, their string section "is more like a workshop in  the Middle Ages, where newlyarrived musicians are initiated into and  absorb the secrets of the orchestra's special musical style."
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    According to the Vienna Philharmonic's own description, their string section "is more like a workshop in the Middle Ages, where newlyarrived musicians are initiated into and absorb the secrets of the orchestra's special musical style."
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  • The evening's second half was dedicated to Maazel's own arrangement of Wagner's 17-hour "Ring" cycle — down to a 70-minute suite for orchestra, with no singing.
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  • Maazel thanks the Vienna musicians.
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  • The musicians acknowledge the audience's warm reception.
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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.

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