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The Peter Maag Edition (20CD)

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The Peter Maag Edition (20CD)
The Peter Maag Edition (20CD)


Newly compiled for the first time, the Decca career of a pre-eminent Mozart conductor, complemented by his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Westminster. Peter Maag began his career as a pianist, but turned to conducting with the encouragement of Wilhelm Furtwangler. He made his first Decca recording having lately turned 30, with the Suisse Romande Orchestra whose founder-director, Ernest Ansermet, also gave his fellow Swiss conductor much early encouragement. Critics recognized Maag as a natural Mozartian, and his first seven Decca recordings were exclusively dedicated to the composers serenades, symphonies and arias (accompanying Jennifer Vyvyan and Fernando Corena). In the late 1950s, Maag embarked on a fruitful relationship with the LSO, which yielded more Mozart and then classic accounts of Mendelssohn the Scottish Symphony and music for A Midsummer Nights Dream for which the conductors lightness of touch and firm rhythmic hand were ideally suited. These qualities also found him at home in ballet there are beautifully sprung accounts here of Les Sylphides and La Source and the Italian operatic repertoire. As well as a long-prized disc of Rossini overtures, this box gathers up Maags pioneering recording of a forerunner to Fidelio, Paers Leonora, and Verdis Schiller-rarity, Luisa Miller, with a cast led by Luciano Pavarotti (who had already worked on the piece with the conductor for Italian radio). Maag brought the best out of both vocal and instrumental soloists, and many of his records find him in the role of accompanist, to Julius Katchen near the start of his career and Barry Tuckwell for his first Decca recording, with the late Fou Tsong in 1962, and to Peter Jablonski and Joshua Bell near the end. In between he made a trio of less-familar albums for Deutsche Grammophon, a suave foil to Heinz Holliger in Baroque oboe concertos, to Edith Peinemann in Dvoraks Violin Concerto and Ravels Tzigane, and to the Danish Heldentenor Ticho Parly for a Wagner recital. Jablonski and Tuckwell contribute personal reminiscences of working with Maag for the booklet notes. The conductor, a name new to me, has the right Mozartian spirit. Gramophone, April 1951 (Mozart: Symphony No.29 K.201) The performance is distinguished by an exceptionally successful blend of orchestral sonority, with the wind instruments gloriously alive The conductor is a musician of impeccable taste and the orchestra wonderfully responsive. If we add to all this a room-filling sound of real presence, it becomes obvious that this is a model for Mozarteans to follow. Musical Quarterly, April 1956 (Mozart: Serenade KV 203) It is now about a decade since Decca began to issue recordings by young Swiss conductor Peter Maag, who seemed then to be an especially adept Mozart conductor Maag brings welcome power and vitality. At the same time, he is sensitive to subtle shadings of nuance and phrasing and he pursues a broad, lyrical line. The results are marvellous Mozart. Stereo Review, January 1960 (Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 32 & 38) The present performance, stylishly conducted by Peter Maag, is close to ideal, especially in the casting of the three lead roles All three artists, and the conductor, are at their best where Verdi asks the most of them in the final act. Here, and especially in the beautifully sung closing trio, this performance sets a standard that will be hard to surpass. Musical Quarterly, July 1978 (Verdi: Luisa Miller) Peter Maag conducts with the affection and admiration that radiate from his writing, and the orchestral playing is first-class. Stereo Review, January 1980 (Paer: Leonora) Maag produces from the London Symphony playing that is every bit as beautiful as the Philharmonias but is also bracingly robust and alert. So this is certainly a record to acquire. Fanfare, July 1982 (Mozart: Horn Concertos) Under Maag, the Scottish symphony is played most beautifully, and its pastoral character is amplified by a Kingsway Hall recording of great warmth. The response of the LSO has quite remarkable freshness in this highly spontaneous performance. Penguin Guide to Compact Discs (Mendelssohn) Maag gives the tuttis a fine sense of momentum and precision these performances are more graceful than virtuosic Recommended. Fanfare, May 1993 (Mozart: Violin Concertos)


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  2. MOZART: Serenade No. 4 In D Major, KV 203
  3. Serenade No. 9 In D Major, KV 320 Posthorn
  4. MOZART: Symphony No. 28 In C Major KV 200 (189k)
  5. Symphony No. 29 In A Major KV 201 (186a)
  6. Symphony No. 34 In C Major, KV 338
  7. MOZART: Symphony No. 32 In G Major, KV 318
  8. Symphony No. 38 In D Major, KV 504 Prague
  9. Clarinet Concerto In A Major, KV 622
  10. MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 2 In E Flat, KV 417
  11. Horn Concerto No. 3 In E Flat, KV 447
  12. Horn Concerto No. 1 In D Major, K.386b (KV412 & 514)
  13. Horn Concerto No. 4 In E Flat, KV 495
  14. Fragment From Horn Concerto In E Major, KV Anh.98A: Allegro
  15. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 13 In C Major, KV 415
  16. Piano Concerto No. 20 In D Minor, KV 466
  17. MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3 In G Major, KV 216
  18. Adagio In E Major For Violin And Orchestra, KV 261
  19. Violin Concerto No. 5 In A Major, KV 219
  20. Rondo In C Major For Violin And Orchestra, KV 373
  21. MOZART: Notturno In D Major, KV 286
  22. Serenata Notturna In D Major, KV 239
  23. Lucio Silla Overture, KV 135
  24. Thamos, Konig In Agypten Interludes, KV 345
  25. MOZART: Six German Dances, KV 509
  26. German Dances From KV 600, 602, 605
  27. Don Giovanni, KV 527 Madamina, Il Catalogo E Questo; Ah! Pieta, Signori Miei!
  28. Ah Se In Ciel, Benigne Stelle, KV 538
  29. Mass In C Minor, KV 427 Grosse Messe: Et Incarnatus Est
  30. Exsultate, Jubilate, KV 165: Alleluia
  31. MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 In A Minor, Op. 56, MWV N 18 Scottish
  32. Overture: The Hebrides, Op. 26 (Fingal's Cave)
  33. MENDELSSOHN: Overture A Midsummer Nights Dream, Op. 21
  34. A Midsummer Nights Dream: Incidental Music, Op. 61
  35. CHOPIN: Les Sylphides (arr. Roy Douglas)
  36. ROSSINI: Overtures ~ Guillaume Tell
  37. La Cenerentola
  38. Semiramide
  39. La Gazza Ladra
  40. DELIBES La Source, Ou Naila Ballet (excerpts)
  41. TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 23
  42. GRIEG: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16
  43. FERDINANDO PAER: Leonora
  44. Leonora ~ Continued
  45. GIUSEPPE VERDI: Luisa Miller
  46. Luisa Miller ~ Continued
  47. BELLINI: Concerto In E Flat Major For Oboe And Orchestra
  48. SALLIERI: Concerto In C Major For Flute, Oboe And Orchestra
  49. CIMAROSA: Oboe Concerto In C Major
  50. DONIZETTI: Concertino In G Major For Cor Anglaise
  51. DVORAK: Violin Concerto In A Minor, Op. 53
  52. RAVEL: Tzigane Concert Rhapsody For Violin And Orchestra
  53. WAGNER: Lohengrin: In Fernem Land, Unnahbar Euren Schritten
  54. Tannhauser: Inbrunst Im Herzen
  55. Parsifal: Nur Eine Waffe Taugt
  56. Die Walkure: Wintersturme Wichen Dem Wonnemond
  57. Die Walkure: Ein Schwert Verhiess Mir Der Vater
  58. Siegfried: Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, Mein Hammer, Ein Hartes Schwert
  59. Siegfried: Dass Der Mein Vater Nicht Ist Waldweben
  60. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde, Heilige Braut!
  61. BEETHOVEN: Fidelio: Gott! Welch Dunkel Hier!
  62. WEBER: Der Freischutz: Nein, Langer Trag Ich Nicht Die Qualen
  63. SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 54
  64. CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21
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