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Lorin Maazel led a very odd concert with the Vienna Philharmonic on Wednesday night. Here’s my review: I found it not only uneven musically, but also technically, which is a startling departure for this brilliant technician.


An archival photo of Lorin Maazel at work in Germany in the fall of 2010: is this brilliant technician reaching for something beyond mere technique? (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Charles T. Downey found that cellist Jonah Kim risked moving into “Most Relaxing Classical Adagio” territory in his Phillips Collection recital.

Cecelia Porter weighed in on the IBIS Chamber Music Society’s festival of female composers.

Stephen Brookes called the recital of the pianist (and erstwhile Scrabble champion) Roger Wright fresh and subtle — despite the program’s inclusion of some famous virtuoso works (“Islamey,” “Gaspard de la nuit”).

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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