Maazel, the great replacer, is himself replaced

FABIO LUISI TO STEP IN FOR LORIN MAAZEL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12

CONDUCTING THE MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

IN ALL-RICHARD STRAUSS PROGRAM AT CARNEGIE HALLMaestro Maazel, Scheduled to Conduct on April 11 and 12, Unable To Appear Due to Illness

Conductor for Orchestra’s Friday, April 11 Program To Be Announced

Carnegie Hall today announced that conductor Fabio Luisi has agreed to step in for Lorin Maazel onSaturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m., leading the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in the second of two all-Richard Strauss programs this week at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Due to illness, Maestro Maazel with deep regret has cancelled his professional engagements in Munich and New York this week. The April 12 program is unchanged, with soprano Karita Mattila singing Strauss’s Four Last Songs on a program that also includes Ein Heldenleben and Der RosenkavalierSuite.The conductor for the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall program with pianist Emanuel Ax on Friday, April 11 is to be announced very shortly.

 

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  • With all my admiration and respect for Maestro Luisi, I am really sorry to hear this. I enjoyed the Strauss program with Emanuel Ax in Munich last week so much. Yes, it pained me to see Maestro Maazel walking so slowly out onstage, but it was a wonderful concert and the orchestra sounded superb. Maazel sharp as always. I wish him a speedy recovery!

  • Having endured the unbelievably ponderous BBC-online 20 March performance of the Strauss Alpine Symphony with the Philharmonia — as well as the Beeb’s preposterous week-long overselling of the refurbished Royal Festival Hall organ — I daresay that his replacement is good news. Maazel’s Alpine clocked in at 1:06:42, some 16 minutes longer than his Bavarian Radio performance, and as a consequence there were many moments when all forward momentum was lost. Similar problems dogged the Zarathustra in the same concert.

      • Agree completely. I had to put up with his interpretive mannerisms for the entire time he was music director of the NY Philharmonic, as I held on to my subscription for that period. Every time he raised his baton I was reminded of some animal about to mark its territory.

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