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Reger: Concertos, Suites, Variations, Sacred Songs, Chamber Music

Reger / Suske / Staatskapelle Berlin
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94663   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Max Reger
Performer:  Heinz SchunkKarl SuskeWalter HartwichAnnelies Burmeister,   ... 
Conductor:  Otmar SuitnerFranz KonwitschnyHeinz BongartzHerbert Blomstedt,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle OrchestraLeipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraDresden Staatskapelle,   ... 
Number of Discs: 11 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Inspired to follow a career in music after attending a performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, celebrated composer Max Reger began his musical endeavours as an organist. His compositional style gradually developed, and today his name is synonymous with the schools of Brahms and Beethoven, his two greatest influences.

This extensive collection provides a showcase of Reger's finest music. Although the composer generally avoided large-scale works such as the symphony, some of his Variations nevertheless have a symphonic feel: the J.A. Hiller Variations, which enjoyed much popularity during the composer's lifetime; the resplendent Fugue finale of the Beethoven Variations; and the Mozart Variations, long
Read more considered a masterpiece. The selection also includes his Concertos, both of which have a distinctly Brahmsian quality, his magnificent Chorale Preludes for organ, as well as music for voice -- including the renowned Lied To Hope, reminiscent of Wagner's Tristan, the Hymn of Love and several sacred songs. Reger further proved his versatility by writing A Ballet Suite, something so unlike anything else he had written that the composer himself said of it: '[this] could be by any other composer, just not by me.'

The collection boasts a wealth of acclaimed conductors, soloists and orchestras including, among others, violinist Walter Hartwich, organist Wouter van den Broek, and conductors Heinz Rögner and Otmar Suitner.

Other information:
-In 2013, a Reger "Anniversary Year", Brilliant Classics is proud to release a substantial Collection on 11 CD's of this great and unjustly neglected composer.
- This set presents Reger's best known works: the glorious orchestral Böcklin Suite, the Mozart-, Beethoven- and Hiller Variations, the mighty piano concerto and violin concerto, the beautiful clarinet quintet (not in the least inferior to Brahms' masterpiece), the complete Chorale Fantasias for organ (Reger, organist himself, wrote extensively and superbly for his instrument) and a fine selection of choral works.
- Excellent performances by the finest German forces of the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Staatkapelle Berlin and Dresden, and conductors like Franz Konwitchny, Günther Herbig and Otmar Suitner.
- Licenced treasures from the Berlin Classics catalogue.
- Contains extensive liner notes on the pieces as well as sung texts and organ disposition information. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballet Suite in D major, Op. 130 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Orchestra in F major, Op. 123 "In the old style" by Max Reger
Performer:  Heinz Schunk (Violin)
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Variations and Fugue for 2 Pianos on a theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 by Max Reger
Performer:  Karl Suske (Violin)
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Variations and Fugue on a theme of JA Hiller, Op. 100 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Germany 
Length: 43 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Variations and Fugue on a theme of Mozart, Op. 132 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
Length: 30 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Tone Poems (4) after Arnold Böcklin, Op. 128 by Max Reger
Performer:  Walter Hartwich (Violin)
Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Sinfonietta in A major, Op. 90 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; Munich, Germany 
Length: 50 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
An die Hoffnung, Op. 124 by Max Reger
Performer:  Annelies Burmeister (Alto)
Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Hymnus der Liebe, Op. 136 by Max Reger
Performer:  Annelies Burmeister (Alto)
Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Violin in A major, Op. 101 by Max Reger
Performer:  Manfred Scherzer (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; Germany 
Length: 57 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Piano in F minor, Op. 114 by Max Reger
Performer:  Amadeus Webersinke (Piano)
Conductor:  Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 
Length: 41 Minutes 1 Secs. 
12.
Symphonic Prologue to a Tragedy in A minor, Op. 108 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Romantic Suite, Op. 125 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Heinz Rögner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 19 Secs. 
14.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 77b by Max Reger
Performer:  Eeva Koskinen (Violin), Peter Hans Keuning (Violin), René Geesing (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Valerius Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Germany 
15.
Chorale Fantasia for Organ, Op. 27 "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott" by Max Reger
Performer:  Wouter van den Broek (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Germany 
16.
Chorale Fantasia for Organ, Op. 30 "Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele'" by Max Reger
Performer:  Wouter van den Broek (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Germany 
17.
Chorale Fantasias (2) for Organ, Op. 40 by Max Reger
Performer:  Wouter van den Broek (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
18.
Chorale Fantasias (3) for Organ, Op. 52 by Max Reger
Performer:  Wouter van den Broek (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Germany 
19.
Sacred Songs (8) for Chorus, Op. 138: no 1, Der mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit by Max Reger
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
Language: German 
20.
Sacred Songs (8) for Chorus, Op. 138: no 2, Morgengesang by Max Reger
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
Language: German 
21.
Sacred Songs (8) for Chorus, Op. 138: no 3, Nachtlied by Max Reger
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
Language: German 
22.
Und unser lieben Frauen by Max Reger
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Germany 
Language: German 
23.
Sacred Songs (3), Op. 110 by Max Reger
Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Generous portions of an interesting composer June 11, 2014 By Daniel Bryant (Victoria, BC) See All My Reviews "Max Reger is one of those composers, like Busoni, who tend to fall between the cracks in the era between the climax of the Romantics in Brahms and Wagner, on the one hand, and modern world of Debussy and Stravinsky, on the other. This is a shame, because he is a consistently inventive and rewarding craftsman whose gifts extended from large and ambitious orchestral and keyboard works (but no symphonies or operas) to beautiful chamber music. My favourite Reger tends to be his music for organ and chamber ensembles, so this box, in which these forms are relatively underrepresented, turned out to be a great way to explore music of his that I wasn't familiar with, especially his many large orchestral scores, including concerti for piano and violin. I have given the set 4 stars rather than 5 because I think it is best considered as a supplement to other Reger in one's library rather than as a starting point for listeners new to his music. The latter might be better served by seeking out individual recordings of some of the chamber works. The performances come mainly from sources in the old East Germany, but if the performers are thus relatively unfamiliar, their performances are in every way worthy of the project. The box is an excellent way to extend one's scope as a listener and to do so at a very modest cost." Report Abuse
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