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The Vienna Philharmonic At Carnegie Hall

Lorin Maazel conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 — with no score — live at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2012.  (Melanie Burford for NPR)closemore
Lorin Maazel conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 — with no score — live at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2012. (Melanie Burford for NPR)

Lorin Maazel leads the revered orchestra in Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and his own 'Ring Without Words' — Wagner's 'Ring' whittled down to 70 singer-free minutes.

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Lorin Maazel, who turns 82 this month, led the orchestra entirely from memory in both  Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and his own arrangement of Wagner called the "Ring Without Words." No score meant no music stand — and so he had an even more immediate connection to the orchestra. (Melanie Burford for NPR)
Lorin Maazel, who turns 82 this month, led the orchestra entirely from memory in both Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and his own arrangement of Wagner called the "Ring Without Words." No score meant no music stand — and so he had an even more immediate connection to the orchestra. (Melanie Burford for NPR)

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