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
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Although not very well known, Peter Maag is a fine conductor with a particular genius for the music of Mozart -- which he amply exhibits on this CD. My favorite of the works presented herein is the delightful Symphony No. 32. Although only about ten minutes in length this symphony is a genuine masterpiece, and Maag's conducting of this little gem presents it in all its sparkle and beauty. This superb performance alone is worth the price of the CD which, however, is filled with a full eighty minutes of outstanding performances of various lesser known works by Mozart.
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