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Maestro Mehta

December 06, 1987

In John Henken's article on Maestro Mehta, our former music director stated that he never said he lived for art and was thus not Tosca ("Zubin Mehta--Making Time for Making Music," Nov. 29).

While this indeed may be true, Mr. Mehta does share something in common with Puccini's Tosca; both are prima donnas. His entire career has represented a triumph of ego and style over substance.

Mehta is also puzzled by the fact that his recordings sell so poorly. Clearly, the man in unaware that a great many of us feel he has simply nothing to say as a musician worth or preservation.

BRUCE MEDCALF

Glendale

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