Music: Fastest-Moving Conductor

In the town of Besangon in eastern France, some of the world's best-known batons were wagging last week. Besangon's annual International Music Festival had invited conducting stars such as Pierre Monteux and Andre Cluytens. But the attention of most festival goers was focused on a tanned, tense young newcomer: 28-year-old American Conductor Lorin Maazel.

Although he is known in the U.S. only by a handful of recordings, Conductor Maazel (rhymes with Pa's bell) has built a European reputation as perhaps the fastest-moving young conductor of his generation. In the five years since he made his European debut, he has conducted most of...

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