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 Cosě 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
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  • 1.
    Martha Argerich Vol 1 - Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21, Sonatas
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 80248 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    100 Hits: Classical Greats
    Label: 100 Hits   Catalog: 1017490 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Myra Hess,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Myra Hess  ... 
    Conductor:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Members of the Vienna Octet (Members)
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    Pavarotti Sings Verdi [3-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001853602 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Riccardo Cassinelli,  Leo Nucci,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Georg Solti,  Richard Bonynge,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704977 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Marcello Bonzi,  Mario Sereni,  Vera Magrini,  Gianfranco Manganotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Rinaldi,  Peter Maag
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    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001806202 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey,  Violeta Urmana,  Sara Fulgoni  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Jablonski, Maag
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443174 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Traum Suß, Mein Baby!, Vol. 3
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 625864 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kamil Sreter,  Svetlana Stanceva,  Alexander Pervomaisky,  Josef Dokupil  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander von Pitamic,  Alfred Scholz,  Alberto Lizzio,  Conrad Von der Goltz  ... 
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    The Decca Sound - Highlights [5-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Bassoon Concerto, Flute Concerto No 2 / Peyer, Helaerts, Monteux
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4803608 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Henri Helaerts,  Barry Tuckwell,  Claude Monteux
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Peter Maag,  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 13 & 20, German Dances K 509 / Katchen, Maag
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4803609 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    The Mozart Effect: Music For Little Ones
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85007 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Heinz Schickhause,  János Sebestyén,  Jénö Jandó,  József Balogh
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Hans Stadlmair,  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Harald Nerat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Chamber Orchestra,  German Wind Soloists,  Ensemble Villa Musica  ... 
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    The Classic Sound - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3, Midsummer Night's Dream / Maag
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443578 Release Date: 04/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Classical Wellness
    Label: Music & Melody   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 12/03/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lelkes,  Iwan Czerkow,  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozarteum-Quartett Salzburg
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10103 Release Date: 12/03/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Svetlana Stanceva,  Eugene Schaeffer,  Conrad Von der Goltz,  Kamil Sreter  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  Herbert Münchner,  Pierre Narrato,  Hermann Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozarteum-Quartett Salzburg
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    Bravo Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001480402 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Tom Krause,  Montserrat Caballé,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Richard Bonynge,  Bruno Bartoletti,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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    Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo Ed Euridice
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47753 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
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    Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Konya, Mesple
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7074 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Gabriel Bacquier,  Heather Harper,  Nino Falzetti,  Mady Mesplé  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra,  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Chorus
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Maag
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 43085 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Herbert Handt,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Rosl Schwaiger,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Italian Radio Chorus Milan
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  • 20.
    The Best Of Joshua Bell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001337202 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gabriel Fauré,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Olli Mustonen,  Jacques Thibaud,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4 / Tuckwell, Maag, London Symphony
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417767 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Weekend Waltzes - Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Et Al / Boskovsky
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 417693 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Richard Bonynge,  Douglas Gamley,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Signature Classics - Mozart: Symphonies, Divertimenti, Etc / Abel, Lizzio, Salzburg Camerata Academica, Et Al
    Label: C&b Media   Catalog: 10319 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Hermann Abel,  Alexander von Pitamic,  Alberto Lizzio,  Paul Kantschieder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica,  Mozart Festival Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 24.
    Verdi: Luisa Miller / Pavarotti, Maag, Et Al
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 43088 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Christina Angelakova,  Walter Artioli,  Anna di Stasio,  Ferruccio Mazzoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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    Luciano Pavarotti / 7 Complete Operas (14-disc Set)
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9901 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Jules Massenet,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Calabrese,  Rita Talarico,  Alessandro Maddalena,  Mario Frosini  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Riccardo Muti,  Peter Maag,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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