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Bach Piano Transcriptions Vol 7 - Max Reger / Becker


Release Date: 06/09/2009 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67683   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Max Reger's Bach transcriptions for piano solo are comprised of four organ preludes and fugues plus 16 chorale preludes. Piano mavens will find it fascinating to evaluate Reger's treatment of the D major BWV 532, E-flat "St. Anne's" BWV 552, and D minor BWV 565 and several chorale preludes alongside Busoni's better known versions. In general, Reger deploys octave doublings more discreetly (compare the St. Anne's Prelude or the chorale prelude Ich ruf' zu dir, for example), and a wider range of dynamic gradations prevail. He makes liberal use of the sustain pedal, yet never to the point where even the busiest counterpoint blurs--a good example of this can be found in the chorale prelude Valet will ich dir geben. Note also Reger's Read more relatively sober reading of the famous, declamatory D minor prelude, with a G-sharp instead of the more commonly heard G-natural in the opening measures, plus varied articulations in echoed phrases. Pianist Markus Becker's strong fingers, consistently warm, rounded tone, and serious demeanor suit Reger's Bachian aesthetic well. In sum, this is a worthy addition to Hyperion's valuable Bach transcription series, replete with excellent sonics and annotations.

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

1. Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
2. Orgelbüchlein: O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV 622 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
3. Orgelbüchlein: Durch Adams fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
4. Orgelbüchlein: Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, BWV 644 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
5. Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
6. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
7. Vor deinen Thron tret'ich hiermit, BWV 668 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
8. Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
9. Orgelbüchlein: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 638 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
10. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
11. Orgelbüchlein: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her, BWV 606 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
12. Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
13. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
14. Orgelbüchlein: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 631 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1740; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
15. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653b by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
16. Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
17. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
18. Orgelbüchlein: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1714; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 
19. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Max Reger. 

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