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Reger: Monologues, Organ Sonata No 1, Fantasia And Fugue / Christian Barthen

Reger / Barthen
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572906  
Composer:  Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Max Reger’s special position within organ repertoire places him for many as the greatest composer for the instrument since JS Bach. Drawing on Lutheran tradition, his Fantasia and Fugue, Op 29 is in the spirit of Bach, though with a characteristic harmonic language which also infuses the varying complexity in the Monologues, Op 63. The Sonata No 1, Op 33 reflects a connection with Liszt, concluding in an impressive Passacaglia. Award-winning German organist Christian Barthen performs on an instrument from Reger’s period, the 1911 Steinmeyer Organ in Mannheim which is one of the biggest in Germany. Max Reger’s special position within organ repertoire places him for many as the greatest composer for the instrument since JS Bach. Drawing on Lutheran tradition, his Fantasia and Fugue, Op 29 is in the spirit of Bach, though with a characteristic harmonic language which also infuses the varying complexity in the Monologues, Op 63. The Sonata No 1, Op 33 reflects a connection with Liszt, concluding in an impressive Passacaglia. Award-winning German organist Christian Barthen performs on an instrument from Reger’s period, the 1911 Steinmeyer Organ in Mannheim which is one of the biggest in Germany. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Organ no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 33 by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
2.
Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 63 "Monologue": no 9, Toccata in E minor by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Germany 
3.
Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 63 "Monologue": no 8, Fantasie in C major by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Germany 
4.
Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 63 "Monologue": no 7, Ave Maria in A major by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Germany 
5.
Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 63 "Monologue": no 12, Scherzo in D minor by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Germany 
6.
Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 63 "Monologue": no 11, Canon in D major by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Germany 
7.
Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 63 "Monologue": no 10, Fugue in E minor by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Germany 
8.
Fantasy and Fugue for Organ in C minor, Op. 29 by Max Reger
Performer:  Christian Barthen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Germany 

Sound Samples

Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, Op. 29: Fantasia
Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, Op. 29: Fugue
Monologe, Op. 63: No. 7. Ave Maria
Monologe, Op. 63: No. 8. Fantasia
Monologe, Op. 63: No. 9. Toccata
Monologe, Op. 63: No. 10. Fugue
Monologe, Op. 63: No. 11. Canon
Monologe, Op. 63: No. 12. Scherzo
Organ Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 33: I. Fantasia
Organ Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 33: II. Intermezzo
Organ Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 33: III. Passacaglia

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