Pittsburgh benefited from Lorin Maazel’s mastery

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With the death of Lorin Maazel (“Transformed PSO as Music Director,” July 14 news obituary), Pittsburgh has lost a distinguished native son and international citizen. While his conducting style could make him seem autocratic and remote, he rebuilt the Pittsburgh Symphony to provide it with a plush European sound.

At his best, as in his amazing concert performances of Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” at Heinz Hall, he was urgent, dramatic and compelling.

There aren’t many multi-capable musicians like Mr. Maazel, and Pittsburgh is lucky to have had him as the symphony’s conductor.

BYRON NELSON
Morgantown, W.Va.

 


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