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Madrid Audience Boos Orchestra

January 22, 1998

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ A Madrid audience angered by a blundering performance of ``Bolero″ booed the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra off the stage.

Grumbling among the 2,000 people packing the National Auditorium began Tuesday night when the sounds of the oboe, a principal instrument of the piece by French composer Ravel, went astray. But when the horn and trombone followed suit, the audience shouted ``off, off!″ as French director Lorin Maazel wrapped up the performance, the daily El Pais newspaper reported Wednesday.

Maazel appeared unmoved by the uproar. The paper said there was speculation that musicians unhappy with Maazel had intentionally performed badly.

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