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Conductor Lorin Maazel dies aged 84

Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at his home in the US while preparing for an annual festival. He was 84.

The Castleton Festival said he died today at Castleton Farms in Rapphannock County, Virginia, from complications following pneumonia.

It announced Maazel's death in a statement posted on its website and the conductor's.

Mr Maazel founded the festival with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, in 2009.

He had served as artistic director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, general manager of the Vienna State Opera and music director of the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic.

He was also a composer. His first opera, 1984, was based on George Orwell's novel.

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