• Re: Maazel

    From gggg gggg@21:1/5 to mark on Wed May 3 23:14:02 2023
    On Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 10:58:51 AM UTC-8, mark wrote:
    On Jan 30, 6:24 am, Terry <b...@clown.invalid> wrote:
    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 23:46:23 +1100, Dinora wrote
    (in article <2523a84e-bfce-45e2-b34b-d90607d49...@l30g2000yqb.googlegroups.com>):

    The last thread I posted about Gilbert transforming (or
    "transforming") the New York Philharmonic's sound gave me an idea to check how the subscribers and visitors of
    rec.music.classical.recordings view Lorin Maazel as a conductor.

    1. What would you say are his trademarks? I read a review last year
    about his visit to London conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, which listed a deadeningly pedantic way with rhythm and phrasing, heavy onslaught of the brass, faultless technical command. Others listed the famous "quirks", the sudden change of pace, whipping around the beat
    to introduce an unwarranted rubato, occasional slowness and
    arbitrariness with tempo (fussiness).

    2. In which repertoire lies his strength and in which is he the

    3. Are there any of his recordings which you would label EXCELLENT!
    and AWWWWFUL!!!

    4. Is it true that he was supposed to be at the helm of Berlin Philharmonic but that Abbado beat him to it, which made him extremely angry? How did they tale go?

    I wouldn't label any of his recordings as awful, but the Mahler symphonies conducted by him are surprisingly variable. The excellent recordings include
    his Sibelius with the VPO; Ravel's ³l'Enfant et les Sortileges²; Puccini ³La
    Rondine²; the Stravinsky Symphonies and Soldier's Tale he made for RCA in Bavaria; more recently the Stravinsky/Ravel recording he made for DGG in New
    York; Pictures at an Exhibition for Telarc in Cleveland...

    (2023 Y. upload):

    "Telarc Presents: Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff - 2023 Audiophile Vinyl Reissues"

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