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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Arts Music
  • ASIN: B0000YO63I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. The Late Symphonies - Over 30 Tracks On 4 CD's - Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto - Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto

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Peter Maag has something of a cult following amongst would-be cognoscenti; he excelled in both the orchestral and operatic fields and is frequently found to be responsible for a particular favourite recording whether it be from the Romantic or Classical repertoire. To select some at random, I for one treasure his versions of Beethoven's Second and Fourth Symphonies, the "Manon" by Massenet and Verdi's "Luisa Miller" - and now also this four disc set (in a slip-case) of the late Mozart symphonies. It is a platitude to observe that it is unfortunate that Maag was never for any length of time at the helm of a truly world-class orchestra but many of his performances manage to transcend that limitation by virtue of his careful preparation and inspirational qualities. This recording was made at a time when Maag had managed to train his musicians to achieve precision without sacrificing sponataneity; thus the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto were by then more than able to do his will and present a reasonable facsimile of a top-quality band. They are not a large group, so every instrument emerges clearly, and it is clear that they are fine, characterful players. What you get is a judicious and grateful compromise between HIP clarity (with all repeats observed) and the sonorousness of modern instruments: the horns blare joyously and the strings have a welcome touch of period astringency. Maag brings such lilt and delicacy to this music and his phrasing is always perfectly judged. I have read complaints about the supposedly "scrawny" string tone of his violins; listen to the "Andante con moto" of no. 39 for a sonic rebuttal of this accusation.Read more ›
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Whilst wholeheartedly agreeing with the erudite Mr Moore's review of these terrific discs, and those of reviewers on amazon.com, I do think that the Furtwängler angle (and that of Ansermet) on the gestation of Peter Maag's approach to Mozart has been a touch overdone. Peter Maag (1919-2001) astonished the musical world when he suffered an epiphany in 1962 and, basically, quit and went off on what might have been called towards the end of that decade the "hippy trail". Involvement with the Greek Orthodox Church, and time at a Buddhist monastery, would, I can only assume, have greatly altered Maag's relationship with music and his conducting career. His career, by the way, was thrown off the tracks by his 1962 decision. Thereafter, Maag tended to work with less well-known ensembles, but brought a great degree of spirituality, in the best sense of that indeterminate word, to his recordings, particularly of Beethoven and Mozart.

In many ways, although for entirely different reasons, I'm reminded of Georg Tintner when considering Maag's few recordings. Tintner's reverence for Bruckner Bruckner: Complete Symphonies has a similar spiritual, and deeply involved, feel to Maag's Mozart recordings. I probably haven't expressed my point particularly well, but I do hope you get my drift.

Not the product of faceless record companies, these late Maag recording bear repeated listening and are highly recommended. The Orchestre di Padova e del Veneto are a touch scrappy here and there, but, really, who cares when they were so well led?
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