LORIN MAAZEL has died at the age of 84. A former conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Maazel was one of the great American conductors of our time. He had a long and distinguished career in places such as Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and only became director of the NY Philharmonic at the age of 72. I love his comments at the end of this interview here on the importance of conducting (skip to about 4:35 if you are impatient).
Here is him putting that simplicity and directness into practice. He will certainly be missed.