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Lionel Rogg


Born: April 21, 1936; Geneva, Switzerland  
Organist and composer Lionel Rogg was born in Geneva, Switzerland and educated at the Conservatory there, taking piano with Nikita Magaloff and organ with Pierre Segond. In 1961, Rogg gave the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in a series of ten recitals at Victoria Hall in Geneva. This established Rogg as one of the primary interpreters of Bach's organ music. His 1970 Angel recording of Bach's The Art of Fugue raised some controversy in critical Read more circles as Rogg dared to complete the "Contrapunctus 28," which Bach had left unfinished. In spite of the controversy, the disc earned the Grand Prix du Disque from the Charles Cros Academy that year. Rogg has gone on to record the entire organ works of Bach three times over, his Harmonia Mundi set available on CD. Another complete set of Buxtehude's organ music took the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize in 1980. He has also recorded extensively on the harpsichord and clavicembalo. His recorded output is not exclusively limited to the Baroque period, as he has also recorded the organ music of Liszt, Brahms, and Reger, among others.

Rogg has taught and performed worldwide. In 1972, he was named professor of organ at the Geneva Conservatory, which awarded Rogg an honorary doctorate in 1989. In 1993, he dedicated the new organ installed in Victoria Hall, and since has acted as the organist in charge of this Van der Heuvel instrument.

As a composer, Rogg started out in the early 1950s writing in the serial style favored at that time. His activities as composer broke off as his career as an organist picked up, and Rogg resumed writing only in the 1980s. Casting off the doctrine of serialism in these later works, Rogg's music incorporates a broad number of stylistic elements, adding up to a result that defies distinct categorization. Rogg favors the term "free" in describing his music and these newer compositions have gained wide acceptance in Europe. In his attitude towards serialism, Rogg seems to have been a bit ahead of younger composers working within the post-modern era. Among his notable compositions are the piano duet Face à Face, the Pièce for oboe and synthesizer, the Cantata Laudes organi, and the organ work Arcature. A disc of Rogg playing his organ music was released on Wergo in August 2000. Rogg is married and has three children; his son, Olivier, is a jazz pianist. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    Liszt - The Piano Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27180 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  György Cziffra,  Vladimir Ovchinikov,  Mikhail Rudy  ... 
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    Codex - Biber: Mystery Sonatas / Eduard Melkus
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 453173 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Karl Scheit,  Huguette Dreyfus,  Lionel Rogg,  Eduard Melkus
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    Wedding Classics
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 65473 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg,  Sister Marie Keyrouz,  Nicholas Danby,  Jonathan Rees  ... 
    Conductor:  Arie Van Beek,  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Sir Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble d'Auvergne,  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players  ... 
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    Bach In The Evening
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1462 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Vittorio Fanti,  Roger Steptoe,  Eberhard Kraus,  Kurt Redel  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Lamont,  Kurt Redel,  Hans Petermichl,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra,  Munich Bach Orchestra  ... 
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 8 / Lionel Rogg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 946 Release Date: 08/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg
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  • 7.
    Chaynes, Mather, Rogg: Organ Works / Rouet, Rogg
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 634 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Rogg,  Bruce Mather,  Charles Chaynes
    Performer:  Pascal Rouet,  Lionel Rogg
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  • 8.
    Lionel Rogg A L'orgue De L'abbaye Bénédictine D'ottobeuren
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 544 Release Date: 08/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Pierre du Máge
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg
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  • 9.
    Rogg Plays Rogg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 346 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Rogg
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg
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  • 10.
    Lionel Rogg - Portrait Of A Free Composer
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 546 Release Date: 04/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Rogg
    Performer:  Mayumi Kameda,  Jean-Paul Goy,  Lionel Rogg,  Jean-Jacques Balet  ... 
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    Reger: Fantasy & Fugue On B-a-c-h, Etc / Lionel Rogg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 242 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg
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