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Arrivederci, Maestro!

"...Salonen, seen through the backstage window, directs Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" during the opening gala of the Disney Concert Hall 23 October, 2003.

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UPDATE 4-27-2010: Alan Rich, the dean of the classical music critics, died Friday in his sleep at the age of 85. He could be crusty and impatient, but he was always relevant and never boring, and I'm sorry he only appeared on Off-Ramp once: When I was looking for someone to put Esa-Peka Salonen into perspective last year, he was the perfect choice. He welcomed me into his house on the West Side, and was gracious and friendly -- even when my batteries died midway through the interview and we had to start again. RIP, Alan Rich, and thanks. -- John Rabe


As Esa-Pekka Salonen concludes his tenure as the music director of the LA Philharmonic, John Rabe talks to classical music critic Alan Rich about an end of an era.