Joseph Rheinberger


Born: March 17, 1839; Vaduz, Lichtenstein   Died: November 25, 1901; Munich, Germany  
Joseph Rheinberger, influential German composer, organist, conductor, and teacher, was the son of the Prince of Liechtenstein's treasurer Johann Peter Rheinberger. His exceptional musical gifts astounded his first teacher, Sebastian Pohli, who instructed him from the age of five. As a child, Rheinberger progressed so rapidly that by the time he was just seven, he was already an organist in his hometown of Vaduz. By 1848, he had a complete mastery Read more of harmony and had graduated to the piano and organ classes of Philipp Schmutzer, who introduced him to the works of J.S. Bach and the Viennese classicists. Rheinberger's father, who initially resisted his pursuing a musical career, finally submitted to persuasion from the composer Nagiller to permit the boy to study in Munich. He was allowed to settle there in 1851 and the city became his permanent home thereafter.

Rheinberger studied theory with J.H. Maier, organ with J.G. Herzog, and piano with J.E. Leonhard at the Munich Conservatory. By 1853, he was employed as organist at several city churches and supplementing his income offering private tuition. He dedicated every free moment to composition, and during the next few years wrote well over 100 apprentice works; none met with his approval, and they were never published. Rheinberger's four piano pieces, Op. 1, finally appeared in 1859, the same year he joined the staff of the conservatory to teach piano and music theory. In 1864, he also became the conductor of the Munich Oratorienverein, holding the post until 1877.

Rheinberger worked for a while as a coach at the court opera, witnessing Wagner's premiere of Tristan und Isolde. In 1867, he was appointed professor at the conservatory -- a position he would hold until his death. During the same year, he married a former pupil, Franziska von Hoffnaass. Rheinberger was increasingly prone to poor health, but continued to work, almost without interruption. 1877 saw his appointment as hofkapellmeister and in 1894 he was ennobled, receiving the title of privy councillor.

Rheinberger died in 1901, shortly after his retirement. His grave in Munich was destroyed during World War II and his remains were transferred in 1950 to his birthplace. Hans von Bülow, a great conductor and tireless advocate of Rheinberger's music, called him "a truly ideal teacher of composition, unrivalled in the whole of Germany and beyond in skill, refinement, and devotion to his subject; in short, one of the worthiest musicians and human beings in the world." Read less
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  • 26.
    Hymn to the Dawn / Etherea Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3431 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Amy Marcy Beach,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Murchie
    Conductor:  Derek Greten-Harrison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Etherea Vocal Ensemble
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  • 27.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108071 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Joseph Rheinberger
    Conductor:  Nataliya Lukina,  Martin Steidler
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  • 28.
    Mitten wir im Leben sind - Romantic Music for Male Chorus / Metternich, Collegium Vocale Limburg
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83323 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Cornelius
    Performer:  Johannes Kalpers,  Hans Jürgen Wulf
    Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
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  • 29.
    Orgelkonzert  / Matthias Suss
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1207 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Joseph Rheinberger,  César Franck,  Max Reger
    Performer:  Matthias Suss
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  • 30.
    Soli Deo Gloria / Benjamin Isachsen
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christian Sinding
    Performer:  Magne H. Draagen,  Benjamin Isachsen,  Elise Batnes,  Henninge Landaas  ... 
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  • 31.
    Spectrum / Thevenot, Las Cantantes Women's Choir, University Of New Mexico
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 938 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  Bradley Ellingboe,  Kinley Lange,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Las Cantantes,  Stu Macaskie Trio
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  • 32.
    Nun Lasst Uns Frohlich Sein / Ratzinger, Regensburger Domspatzen
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 23355 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Orlando de Lassus,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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  • 33.
    Organs Of Edinburgh
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34100 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Percy Whitlock,  Alfred Hollins,  Louis Vierne,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  John Kitchen,  Thomas Laing-Reilly,  Andrew Caskie,  Duncan Ferguson  ... 
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  • 34.
    Luminous Shade
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039145 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Bozza,  Hendrik Hofmeyr,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Arthur Benjamin  ... 
    Performer:  Maria du Toit,  Nina Schumann
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  • 35.
    Schumann Soireestucke / Shinohe, Spiri
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28225 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Maria Elisabeth von Sachsen-Meiningen,  Carl Reinecke  ... 
    Performer:  Seiki Shinohe,  Anthony Spiri
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  • 36.
    Isn't It Romantic
    Label: Disc Makers   Catalog: 5637906818 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck,  Anton Heiller  ... 
    Performer:  G. Fredrick Guzasky
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  • 37.
    Holzhey Organ Rot An Der Rot / Franz Raml
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 414 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  François Couperin,  Anonymous,  Davide da Bergamo  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Raml
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  • 38.
    Great Cathedral Organs [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0852952 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne,  Francis Jackson,  Douglas Guest,  Simon Preston  ... 
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  • 39.
    So Sweet A Melody  / Ralston, Hildegard Choir
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Johann Leopold Bella,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Emily van Evera
    Conductor:  Gulliver Ralston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hildegard Choir
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  • 40.
    Festliches Weihnachtskonzert / Rudner, Aurelius Sangerknaben Calw
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98635 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Traditional,  Otto Nicolai,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Ola Rudner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurelius Boys Choir of Calw,  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
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  • 41.
    Heiligste Nacht: Choral Music For Advent & Christmas
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83369 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann David Heinichen,  Giovanni Alberto Ristori  ... 
    Conductor:  Holger Speck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
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  • 42.
    Ein Kind Ist Geboren
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 7771046 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johannes Eccard,  Ernst Pepping,  Heinrich Kaminski  ... 
    Conductor:  Steffen Walther
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chemnitz Chamber Choir
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  • 43.
    The Musical Advent Calendar 2011
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93279 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Katherine K. Davis,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Dominik Axtmann,  Franz Troster,  Katja Huhn,  Sophie Moser  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans-Georg Conrad,  Volker Müller,  Christof Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marx Rootschilt Tillermann,  Freiburger Spielleyt,  RSO Chamber Ensemble
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  • 44.
    Rheinberger: Klavierwerke
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83365 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Jürg Hanselmann,  Sandra Hanselmann-Kastli
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  • 45.
    Rheinberger: Motets, Masses & Hymns / Patterson, Gloriae dei Cantores
    Label: Paraclete Recordings   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
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  • 46.
    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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  • 47.
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7340 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Corrette,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Ernst Friedrich Richter,  Samuel Rousseau  ... 
    Performer:  Ursina Caflisch
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  • 48.
    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Bálint,  Deborah Sipkai,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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  • 49.
    Rheinberger: Complete Organ Concertos / Stefan Johannes Bleicher
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9011643 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher,  Cacilia Chmel
    Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winterthur Musikkollegium
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  • 50.
    Stimmt an die Saiten (Awake the Lyre) - 19th Century Choral Music / Various
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300150 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Anton Bruckner,  Albert Becker  ... 
    Performer:  Dieter Zechlin
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Frieder Bernius,  Gothart Stier,  Heinz Rögner  ... 
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