These legendary performances were recorded in 1959. Maag is still alive and shaking a stick--he recently recorded a notable series of the Beethoven symphonies for the Arts label--but he has worked in relative obscurity and hasn't recorded with major orchestras since these sessions. What a pity! This is truly superb Mozart playing--well-balanced, light, and airy in approach but always with sufficient gravity to serve the music. And the LSO proves itself a first-class Mozartean orchestra. Oddly, the actual tonal qualities of the recording are artificial-sounding; no real orchestra produces sounds quite like this. But the clarity and balance of the sound still manage to convey the quality of the performances. The program is exceedingly generous (80:48, about an LP and two-thirds) and quite unhackneyed, making the reasonably priced disc even more attractive. --Leslie Gerber
NR (Not Rated)
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