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Peter Maag's Mendelssohn rediscovered
I had this coupling of Mendelssohn's 3rd and the Hebrides Overture decades ago on a London LP ('62? ''63?) Sadly, damaged in a move after college. I remembered this as my reference point for other readings of the 3rd. Other conductors and orchestras did fine jobs with this, but Maag's had a certain something special. Maag was a fine conductor, sadly underrated, and not especially well represented in catalogs during or after his lifetime. It was a real treat to see this recording given a careful reissue by HDTT. The sonic quality is excellent!
Better than Ever
This recording has been the gold standard for these magnificent pieces, Mendelsohn's greatest symphony and overture. Compared to any other medium, the DSD from tape here seems to remove a veil over tone color and open up an extraordinary sense of space. Granted, some of the limits of early Decca/London "ffss" techniques are in evidence, but nothing to get in the way of hearing the LSO play their hearts out for Maag. All play heroically, but none more than Barry Tuckwell in full cry on first horn -- balls out and bells up -- in the last bars of the final movement of the symphony. Dessert island stuff.
Maag is really great!
This is the first time I heard Maag's "Scotland". I came to know that Maag was a really great conducter, like walter, Reiner, Szell or von Karajan. Sound is so crisp and perfect.
Maag's Mendelssohn 3rd.
This has always been one of the greatest recorded performances of this, Mendelssohn's greatest symphony, and it has never sounded better than in this issue. The symphony is paired with what is also of the greatest recordings of the Hebrides Overture. Great stuff.
Downloaded this album after listening to the short excerpts. The full albums is a wonderful, melodic treat. I've long been a fan of Mendelssohn's work and many other albums of his work. This is a fine addition with outstanding sonic characteristics.
Title: Mendelssohn: "Fingal's Cave" Overture (The Hebrides) Op.26 & Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish), Op. 56
Artist(s): Peter Maag & The London Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded by Decca in 1960
21-22 Apr 1960 at Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Ray Minshull
Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Transferred from a 4-track tape