Editors' pick

Vienna Philharmonic

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Editorial Review

The Vienna Philharmonic represents the best and worst of classical tradition. Best: superb playing. Worst: hidebound conservatism, including the glacial pace of admitting women to its august ranks. But it hasn't been to Washington in almost nine years, and its Feb. 29 concert -- led by a local, Lorin Maazel -- will certainly be one of the events of the season, for better or worse.