Peter Maag

Biography

Born: May 10, 1919; St. Gall, Switzerland   Died: April 16, 2001; Verona, Italy  
A highly competent conductor whose repertory was extensive, Peter Maag made his reputation in Europe, but was a presence in American theaters as well. Although most of his life was devoted to opera, he made several recordings that honestly represented his eloquence in the symphonic literature and suggested that he might have made an even more appreciable impact there had he spent more time in concert work. After musical training in Zürich and Read more Basel, Maag studied with Ernest Ansermet in Geneva and soon became an assistant to the elder conductor. He served first as coach and chorus master in Biel-Solothum beginning in 1943, two years later working his way to full conductor. He served as principal conductor at Düsseldorf from 1952 to 1954 before becoming music director at Bonn from 1954 to 1959. Maag's Covent Garden debut came in 1959 when he conducted Die Zauberflöte. From 1964 to 1968, Maag held the post of principal conductor at the Volksoper in Vienna. Meanwhile, Maag had made his American debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago conducting a November 1, 1961, performance of Così fan tutti. For his Fiordiligi, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was ill, likely contributing to the caution evident in the performance. Maag was even less fortunate with Don Giovanni when Schwarzkopf succumbed and Lisa della Casa had to be flown in to sing Donna Elvira. Still, the first performance was well regarded and subsequent performances were better still when Schwarzkopf returned as Elvira. Despite a wayward horn section, Maag did well with the Lyric's Fidelio, firing an intense performance with Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers. Making his Metropolitan Opera debut with Don Giovanni in September 1972, Maag conducted there for three seasons. Other assignments included Norma, Die Zauberflöte, and La Traviata. Critics found him supportive of his singers, but deficient in eliciting orchestral sheen in the Verdi. From 1982 to 1991, Maag served as music director of the Berne Municipal Opera. Among Maag's most notable recordings are those devoted to the symphonies of Beethoven (the complete cycle), Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, and the piano and orchestra works of Schumann. For Decca, he led a Luisa Miller with Milnes, Caballé, and Pavarotti. Several other operas are available in recordings captured from stage performances. Read less
Massenet: Manon / Maag, Freni, Pavarotti, Panerai, Et Al
Release Date: 02/06/2001   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1270   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: May 10, 1919; St. Gall, Switzerland   Died: April 16, 2001; Verona, Italy  
A highly competent conductor whose repertory was extensive, Peter Maag made his reputation in Europe, but was a presence in American theaters as well. Although most of his life was devoted to opera, he made several recordings that honestly represented his eloquence in the symphonic literature and suggested that he might have made an even more appreciable impact there had he spent more time in concert work. After musical training in Zürich and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro aperto
2. Adagio
3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
Verdi: Luisa Miller - Overture
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Ti desta, Luisa, regina de'corti
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Non temer
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - T'amo d'amor ch'esprimere mal tenterebbe il detto!
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Ferma ed ascolta
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Che mai narrasti?
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Padre ... M'abbraccia ... Portator son io
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Duchessa ... Duchessa tu m'appelli!
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Sciogliete i levrieri
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Del Conte di Walter figlio
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 1 - Fra'mortali ancora oppressa
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - Ah! Luisa, Luisa, ove sei?
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - Il padre tuo ... Finisci
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - Qui nulla s'attenta imporre al tuo core
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - Egli delira; sul mattin degli anni
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - Vien la Duchessa!
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - "Il foglio dunque? ... Io tutto già vi narrai"
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - "Quando le sere al placido chiaror d'un ciel stellato"
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 2 - Di me chiedeste?
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 3 - Come in un giorno solo
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 3 - Pallida,mesta sei ... No,padre mio,tranquilla io son
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 3 - Sotto al mio piè il suol vacilla!
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 3 - Ah! l'ultima preghiera in questo caro suolo
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 3 - "M'ardon le vene"
Verdi: Luisa Miller / Act 3 - "Padre, ricevi l'estremo addio"
1. Allegro moderato
2. Romanza (Andante)
3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
1. (Allegro) K.412
2. Rondò. Allegro K.514
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Rondo
1. Allegro
2. Romanze (Larghetto)
3. Allegro
1. Allegro moderato
2. Romanza (Andante)
3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
1. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato - Assai animato - Andante come prima
2. Vivace non troppo
3. Adagio
4. Allegro vivacissimo - Allegro maestoso assai
Overture "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Op.21
No.1 Scherzo
No.3 Song with Chorus: "Bunte Schlangen, zweigezüngt"
No.5 Intermezzo
No.7 Notturno
No.9 Wedding March
No.11 Dance of the Clowns
Finale: "Though this house give glimm'ring light"
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.1 in D, K.386b (K.412 & 514) - 1. (Allegro) K.412
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.1 in D, K.386b (K.412 & 514) - 2. Rondò. Allegro K.514
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat, K.417 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat, K.417 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat, K.417 - 3. Rondo
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.3 in E flat, K.447 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.3 in E flat, K.447 - 2. Romanze (Larghetto)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.3 in E flat, K.447 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 - 2. Romanza (Andante)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 - 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)


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