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The Peter Maag Edition
New Symphony Orchestra of London, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag, with Barry Tuckwell (horn)

[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 20 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 5 February 2021

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 Furtwängler. 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 composer's 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 Night's Dream - for which the conductor's 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 Maag's pioneering recording of a forerunner to Fidelio, Paer's Leonora, and Verdi's 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 Ts'ong 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 Dvořák's Violin Concerto and Ravel's 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 marvelous 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)

Tracks:

CD 1
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Serenade No. 4 in D major, KV 203
Serenade No. 9 in D major, KV 320 'Posthorn'

Jean Pougnet, violin (KV 203)
New Symphony Orchestra of London (KV 203)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (KV 320)

CD 2
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Symphony No. 28 in C major KV 200 (189k)
Symphony No. 29 in A major KV 201 (186a)
Symphony No. 34 in C major, KV 338

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

CD 3
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Symphony No. 32 in G major, KV 318
Symphony No. 38 in D major, KV 504 'Prague'
Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV 622
Gervase de Peyer, clarinet

London Symphony Orchestra

CD 4
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat, KV 417
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat, KV 447
Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K.386b (KV412 & 514)
Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat, KV 495
Fragment from Horn Concerto in E major, KV Anh.98A: Allegro

Barry Tuckwell, horn
London Symphony Orchestra

CD 5
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, KV 415
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, KV 466

Julius Katchen, piano
New Symphony Orchestra of London

CD 6
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, KV 216
Adagio in E major for Violin and Orchestra, KV 261
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, KV 219
Rondo in C major for Violin and Orchestra, KV 373

Joshua Bell, violin
English Chamber Orchestra

CD 7
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Notturno in D major, KV 286
Serenata notturna in D major, KV 239
Lucio Silla - Overture, KV 135
Thamos, König in Ägypten - Interludes, KV 345

London Symphony Orchestra

CD 8
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Six German Dances, KV 509
German Dances from KV 600, 602, 605

London Symphony Orchestra

Don Giovanni, KV 527
Madamina, il catalogo è questo; Ah! pietà, signori miei!

Le nozze di Figaro, KV 492
Se vuol ballare, signor Contino; La vendetta, oh, la vendetta

Fernando Corena, bass
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle, KV 538
Mass in C minor, KV 427 'Grosse Messe': Et incarnatus est
Exsultate, jubilate, KV 165: Alleluia

Jennifer Vyvyan, soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 9
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, MWV N 18 'Scottish'
Overture: The Hebrides, Op. 26 (Fingal's Cave)

London Symphony Orchestra

CD 10
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Overture 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Op. 21
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Incidental Music, Op. 61

Jennifer Vyvyan, Marion Lowe, sopranos
Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
London Symphony Orchestra

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Les Sylphides (arr. Roy Douglas)

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris

CD 11
GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792-1868)
Overtures
Guillaume Tell
La Cenerentola
Semiramide
La Gazza ladra

LÉO DELIBES (1836-1891)
La Source, ou Naila - ballet (excerpts)

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris

CD 12
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Peter Jablonski, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra

CDs 13 & 14
FERDINANDO PAER (1771-1839)
Leonora
Florestano…………………………..……..Siegfried Jerusalem
Leonora……………………..…………..Ursula Koszut
Rocco……………………..…………..Giorgio Tadeo
Marcellina…………………..……………..Edita Gruberová
Giacchino……………………..…………..Wolfgang Brendel
Don Pizzarro…………………..……………..Norbert Orth
Don Fernando…………………………..……..John van Kesteren
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

CDs 15 & 16
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1913-1901)
Luisa Miller
Luisa…………………………..…….. Montserrat Caballé
Rodolfo…………………………..……..Luciano Pavarotti
Miller…………………………..……..Sherrill Milnes
Federica…………………………..……..Anna Reynolds
Count Walter…………………………..……..Bonaldo Giaiotti
Wurm…………………………..……..Richard Van Allan
Laura…………………………..……..Annette Celine
A peasant…………………………..……..Fernando Pavarotti
London Opera Chorus
National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 17
VINCENZO BELLINI (1801-1835)
Concerto in E flat major for Oboe and Orchestra

ANTONIO SALIERI (1750-1825)
Concerto in C major for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra

DOMENICO CIMAROSA (1749-1801)
Oboe Concerto in C major

GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797-1848)
Concertino in G major for Cor anglaise

Heinz Holliger, oboe, cor anglais
Aurèle Nicolet, flute
Bamberger Symphoniker

CD 18
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Tzigane - Concert Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra

Edith Peinemann, violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
PETER MAAG

CD 19
RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
Lohengrin: In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
Tannhäuser: Inbrunst im Herzen
Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!
Siegfried: Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert
Siegfried: Daß der mein Vater nicht ist - Waldweben
Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut!

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Fidelio: Gott! Welch' Dunkel hier!

CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786-1826)
Der Freischütz: Nein, länger trag' ich nicht die Quälen … Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen

Ticho Parly, tenor
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

CD 20
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54*

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21*

Fou Ts'ong, piano
London Symphony Orchestra

PETER MAAG

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