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Lorin Maazel

Lorin Maazel

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First broadcast: Sun 03 Apr 2005

Musical Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the musical director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Lorin Maazel.

He was a child prodigy whose career as a conductor has survived, and thrived, beyond his early precocity. His musical talent became apparent at the age of five, when he began playing the violin, while at seven he was discovered conducting a piece by Haydn playing on his parents' record player. He was the first American and youngest conductor, at the age of 30, to conduct Lohengrin at Bayreuth. After a career which has included prestigious posts at the Vienna State Opera and the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, he is currently Musical Director of the New York Philharmonic. In May this year, Lorin Maazel's first opera, an adaption of George Orwell's 1984, will he performed at the Royal Opera House in London.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Claude Debussy/Heifetz

1.

Claude Debussy/Heifetz

Prélude (from L'enfant prodigue)

Soloist: Jascha Heifetz, Arpad Sandor

Giuseppe Verdi

2.

Giuseppe Verdi

Ave Maria (from Otello)

Soloist: Herva Nelli Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Arturo Toscanini

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Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin

3.

Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin

Prelude in E major, Op. 11/9

Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz

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Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

4.

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 4 In G minor

Soloist: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Ettore Gracis

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Ludwig van Beethoven

5.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica'

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

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Franz Schubert

6.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Schubert

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor 'Death and the Maiden' - 4th movement

Orchestra: Budapest String Quartet

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Johann Sebastian Bach

7.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C major - 4th movement

Soloist: Janos Starker

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Gabriel Fauré

8.

Gabriel Fauré

Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 63

Soloist: Wilhelm Kempff

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Book

Pensées by Blaise Pascal

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Luxury item

Vermeer Painting - The Piano Lesson.

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Broadcast

Conductor

Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Lorin Maazel.

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Book

The collected works by Epictetus

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Chess set with a problem book

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