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In one review, Rosenberg compared the conductor to a traffic cop who failed to delve into the music’s essence.

Welser-Moest “was conveying very little of the flavor of the music and essentially just duplicating the notes in the score without much character or color or real personality,” Rosenberg said in an interview with The Associated Press.

In a review of a performance in Vienna, Rosenberg said Welser-Moest “lapsed into uninflected routine in the second and third movements” of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Two days later, The Financial Times of London similarly called the movements “uneventful” and said the conductor “can seem aloof.”

A month after filing the lawsuit in December 2008, Rosenberg dropped other federal claims, including defamation, against the newspaper and Goldberg in order to allow the lawsuit to return to state court, where he believed he would receive a more balanced trial from an elected judge as opposed to a lifetime federal bench appointee.

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Associated Press Writers Doug Whiteman and JoAnne Viviano contributed to this report from Columbus, Ohio.