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On Forbes: 11 Recordings To Remember Lorin Maazel By

“Aren’t you afraid I will kick the bucket?” When he was appointed as music director of the Munich Philharmonic starting in 2012/13—a mildly contentious appointment in the wake of Christian Thielemann being bungled out of town—Lorin Maazel told the audience at the press conference (to much laughter) that he had posed this pointed question to the musicians and officials who lured him to town. They weren’t, and he didn’t seem particularly worried, either. Fit, energetic, and with good genes—his father, as he often pointed out, lived to 106 and in fact passed on just in 2009—Lorin Maazel struck anyone who met him as having another decade or more in him. It turned out to be only...

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