During his term as principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonics from September 2012 to June 2014, Lorin Maazel focussed on broadening the orchestra’s repertoire and on achieving a more flexible sound.
On 17 October 2013, the Munich Philharmonic performed Britten’s »War Requiem« under the baton of then principal conductor Lorin Maazel.
This recording of Schostakowitsch’s Cello Concerto No. 1 was captured live during the three highly acclaimed concerts featuring Sol Gabetta and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. For this recording, Sol Gabetta was awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik 2013 in the category »Instrumentalist of the Year (Cello)«.
Three months before his death in July 2014, Lorin Maazel gave a sensational concert with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. On this memorable evening, he performed Verdi’s famous Messa da Requiem together with the Philharmonic Choir and an impressive vocal ensemble.
Anton Bruckner‘s Third Symphony was program Maestro Maazel’s first concert as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Anton Bruckner originally dedicated his Third Symphony to Wagner whom he admired all his life.