Peter Maag


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
Malipiero: Il Finto Arlecchino, Etc / Peter Maag, Veneto Po
Release Date: 04/17/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555515   Number of Discs: 1
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    Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Opera Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832417 Release Date: 12/01/2017   Number of Discs: 101
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Josephine Veasey,  Cornelius Opthof  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Last Masonic Works
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350131 Release Date: 02/24/2017  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kurt Equiluz,  Irmgard Seefried,  Jennie Tourel,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Chorus,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Mozart: The Singles
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002576902 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Josef Triebensee,  André Rieu
    Performer:  Andras Schiff,  Barry Tuckwell,  Joshua Bell,  Erik Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  James Levine,  Sandor Végh,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Amsterdam Mozart Players,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble  ... 
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    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459302 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Stuart Neill,  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    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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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   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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    Decca Sound  – Mono Years 1944 -1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Martinu: Double Concerto... / Charles Mackerras, Peter Maag
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Dennis Hennig,  Rivka Golani,  Jiri Skovajsa
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra,  Berne Symphony Orchestra,  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Most Wanted Recitals - Jennifer Vyvyan: Mozart And Haydn Recital
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002067602 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Peter Wallfisch,  Elsie Morison
    Conductor:  Harry Newstone,  Peter Maag,  Thurston Dart
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    Most Wanted Recitals -  Fernando Corena Sings Il Maestro Di Capella  And Mozart Concert Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002065902 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Fernando Corena
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Peter Maag,  Argeo Quadri,  Bruno Amaducci
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    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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    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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    Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Jablonski, Maag
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443174 Release Date: 03/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    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
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    The Classic Sound - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3, Midsummer Night's Dream / Maag
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443578 Release Date: 04/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    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,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Marian Pivka  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet
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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:  Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet
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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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    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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    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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