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Reger: Chorale Preludes, Preludes & Fugues / Still

Reger / Still
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572907  
Composer:  Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Take these work titles with a grain of salt, for Reger’s Op. 67 Chorale Preludes and Op. 56 Preludes and Fugues are not all that easy to play. Yet their relatively modest scale might appeal to listeners curious about Reger’s organ music but not wishing to dive headfirst into epic Regerian behemoths like the Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue or the Symphonic Fantasy and Fugue.

Rather than presenting all five Preludes and Fugues in succession, Josef Still opens with the first two, closes with the final three, and places the first 15 Chorale Preludes in the middle of the program. This helps to create and sustain a program full of varied textures and moods, abetted by the organist’s colorful registrations and excellent
Read more contrapuntal acumen. He generally favors slower tempos, in comparison to Rosalinde Haas, whose complete Reger cycle for MDG remains the version of reference.

Sometimes this works in her favor; for example, compare Haas’ exuberant take on the Chorale Prelude Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott with Still’s relatively square reading. On the other hand, his quicker pace for the G major Prelude is more in keeping with Reger’s Andante directive than Haas’ more expansive traversal, yet here the slower tempo allows the subtle chromatic harmonies to register more firmly in the ear. And in the D minor Fugue, Still does not bring out the dynamic contrasts between the first and second keyboard manuals so clearly as Haas.

Yet his steadiness and sobriety often pay off handsomely, as the B minor Fugue demonstrates. By taking Reger’s carefully mapped-out dynamic trajectory on faith, Still imparts just the right unsettled air to the hushed exposition, and pulls out all the stops (pun definitely intended!) in the climactic final pages without dragging the pulse that he’s kept rock steady from the start. The production values of Wolfgang Rübsam (no mean organist himself) do ample justice to the Johannes Klais Organ in Trier Cathedral and, of course, to Still’s admirable musicianship.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Easy Preludes and Fugues (5) for Organ, Op. 56 by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
2.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 8, Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
3.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 7, Dir, dir, Jehova will ich singen by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
4.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 6, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
5.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 3, Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
6.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 15, Jauchz, Erd und Himmel juble hell by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
7.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 13, Herr, wie du willst, so schicks mit mir by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
8.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 12, Gott des Himmels und der Erden by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
9.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 11, Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
10.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 10, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
11.
12.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 1, Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
13.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 2, Alles ist an Gottes Segen by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
14.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 4, Aus meines Herzens Grunde by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
15.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 5, Christus, der ist mein Leben by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
16.
Easy Chorale Preludes (52) for Organ, Op. 67: no 9, Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend' by Max Reger
Performer:  Josef Still (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 

Sound Samples

5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Prelude No. 1 in E Major
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Fugue No. 1 in E Major
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Prelude No. 2 in D Minor
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Fugue No. 2 in D Minor
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 1. Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 2. Alles ist an Gottes Segen
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 3. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 4. Aus meines Herzens Grunde
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 5. Christus, der ist mein Leben
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 6. Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 7. Dir, dir, Jehovah, will ich singen
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 8. Erschienen ist der herrlich' Tag
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 9. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend'
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 10. Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 11. Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 12. Gott des Himmels und der Erden
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 13. Herr, wie du willst, so schick's mit mir
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 14. Herzlich thut mich verlangen
52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: No. 15. Jauchz, Erd', und Himmel, juble
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Prelude No. 3 in G Major
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Fugue No. 3 in G Major
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Prelude No. 4 in C Major
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Fugue No. 4 in C Major
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Prelude No. 5 in B Minor
5 Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: Fugue No. 5 in B Minor

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