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Jahr: 2015
Released in: Classical.net

(...) these two discs [47364-2 + 47363-2] are wonderful reminders of just how great an artist Peter Maag was. Mozart and Mendelssohn were his specialties, and late in his life he collaborated with Arts Music to give us his most important recordings since his early years (...) This is Mozart at his old-fashioned, big-hearted best. Sure, the music moves slower than modern listeners are used to, but the flow of these works is like water. Maag whips this provincial band into shape, demanding both clarity and virtuosity(...). The disc with Symphonies #40 and #41 might just be one of the best on the market (...) Arts Music provides fine sound to complete a near ideal package of great value. (Brian Wigman)

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Symphonies Nos. 40 K. 550 & 41 K. 551 "Jupiter"


Jahr: 2015
Released in: Classical.net

(...) these two discs [47364-2 + 47363-2] are wonderful reminders of just how great an artist Peter Maag was. Mozart and Mendelssohn were his specialties, and late in his life he collaborated with Arts Music to give us his most important recordings since his early years (...) This is Mozart at his old-fashioned, big-hearted best. Sure, the music moves slower than modern listeners are used to, but the flow of these works is like water. Maag whips this provincial band into shape, demanding both clarity and virtuosity (...). Arts Music provides fine sound to complete a near ideal package of great value. (Brian Wigman)

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Symphonies Nos. 38 "Prague" K. 504 & 39 K. 543


Jahr: 2015
Released in: Classical.net

(...) Not for everyone, perhaps, but collectors will find a great deal to appreciate. (Brian Wigman)

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Die erste Walpurgisnacht op. 60, Die schöne Melusine, Ruy Blas, Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt, Die Hebriden


Jahr: 2015
Released in: Classical.net

(...)There is a near-ideal balance of drama and joy, while the Venice players give everything they have. (...) Rather than underplaying them - a common mistake - the conductor brings the same commitment that he brought to the lesser symphonies of Mendelssohn. And just like that project, the results are excellent. (...) (Brian Wigman)

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Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4


Jahr: 2015
Released in: Classical.net

(...) Maag leads naturally flowing and always effervescent readings, light and crisp while still aptly dramatic. The Madrid players bring a welcome - and absolutely essential - energy to these occasionally heavy-handed pieces. (...) While the Madrid players may lack the razor-sharp attacks of George Szell's golden-age Cleveland band, the overall feel for the music is far superior. Of course, this additional warmth the Spanish find could very well be due to Arts' vastly superior sonic reproduction (...).but those looking for a single disc with these two symphonies may have trouble finding better. (Brian Wigman)

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Symphonies No. 5 "Reformation" und No. 1


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