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Maximum Reger

Reger Max Reger (1873Ė1916) is one of the most important composers of organ music after Bach. He wrote magnificent chorale based and free works that revived baroque forms such as the passacaglia and fugue, all the while taking chromatic harmony to new limits of expressiveness. He was massively prolific and wrote in every genre except opera. It is said he never wrote a symphony but several of his works qualify for that title. His anniversary year provides the opportunity for a celebration of his work, especially as a lot of his music is not well known. Reger is also a great mainstream composer who wrote vast amounts of orchestral, chamber and instrumental music, and this DVD aims to bring this wonderful music greater recognition. This exhaustive boxed-set establishes Max Reger as one of the early 20th centuryís greatest composers.
The massive programme of music charts Regerís compositional output from the age of sixteen to the time of his death and includes a third of his 146 opus numbers: Opus 1, 4, 5, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 26, 27, 30, 37, 52, 54, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62, 65, 66, 67, 69, 72, 73, 74, 76, 79, 80, 81, 82, 87, 89, 91, 103, 116, 117, 118, 124, 127, 128, 129, 131, 135, 142 and 143.

6 DVDs (Duration: nearly 1.000 minutes), German and English subtitles; 1 booklet (88 p.)

Musical highlights of the box:
• St. Petri Dom, Bremen (Sauer); Lutherkirche, Chemnitz (Sauer); Stadtkirche, Ludwigsburg (Walcker); Pauluskirche, Ulm (Link); Michaeliskirche, Weiden (Weimbs).
• First recording of a new orchestration of the famous Bach variationen op.81.
• Exquisite performances of less known works for piano, violin, viola and cello as well as a selction of his best songs.

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018: The Best DVD

Gramophone Magazine Critics' Choice 2017

Six DVDs, more than 15 hours of content over 6 DVDs include three feature-length documentaries, plus filmed performances of 12 hours of Regerís best music for orchestra, organ, voice, violin, piano and chamber ensemble. A rich documentation of Reger's life and work.

Booklet: numerous pictures of Reger, photos of all artists and the complete catalogue of works ("Werke mit Opuszahl").
In addition: dispositions of the five organs.

DVD 1: Max Reger – The last Giant
Recorded works:
Largo D-Dur für Klaviertrio; Sonate op. 1 für Violine & Klavier; 6 Lieder op. 4; Sonate op. 5 für Cello & Klavier; Lose Blätter op. 13 für Klavier; 10 Lieder op. 15; Suite op. 16 für Orgel; 111 Kanons durch alle D-Dur- und Molltonarten WoO III/4 für Klavier; 20 kleine Stücke op. 17 für Klavier; Improvisationen op. 18 für Klavier; 5 Humoresken op. 20 für Klavier; 7 Fantasiestücke op. 26 für Klavier; Phantasie über "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" op. 27 für Orgel; Phantasie über "Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele" op. 30 für Orgel; 5 Gesänge op. 37; 3 Choralfantasien op. 52 für Orgel; Phantasie über "Alle Menschen müssen sterben" op. 52 Nr. 1 für Orgel; Phantasie über "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" op. 52 Nr. 2 für Orgel; Phantasie über "Halleluja! Gott zu loben, bleibe meine Seelenfreud" op. 52 Nr. 3 für Orgel; Streichquartett op. 54 Nr. 2; 15 Lieder op. 55; 5 leicht aufführbare Präludien & Fugen op. 56 für Orgel; Symphonische Phantasie & Fuge op. 57 für Orgel; 12 Stücke op. 59 für Orgel; Orgelsonate op. 60; 16 Gesänge op. 62; Romanze WoO II/10 für Violine & Klavier; 12 Stücke op. 65 für Orgel; 12 Lieder op. 66; 52 leicht aufführbare Vorspiele zu den gebräuchlichen evangelischen Chorälen op. 67 für Orgel; 10 Stücke für die Orgel op. 69; Sonate op. 72 für Violine & Klavier; Variationen & Fuge über ein Originalthema op. 73 für Orgel; Streichquartett op. 74; Schlichte Weisen op. 76 für Singstimme & Klavier; Kompositionen op. 79d für Violine & Klavier; 12 Stücke op. 80 für Orgel; Variationen & Fuge über ein Thema von Johann Sebastian Bach op. 81 für Klavier; Variationen über ein Thema von Johann Sebastian Bach op. 81 für Orchester; Aus meinem Tagebuche – 12 kleine Stücke op. 82 für Klavier; 2 Kompositionen op. 87 für Violine & Klavier; 4 Sonatinen op. 89 für Klavier; Sonate op. 91 Nr. 3 für Violine; In der Frühe WoO VII/41 für Singstimme & Klavier; Nr. 3 aus "Sechs Vortragsstücke" op. 103a für Cello & Klavier; Nr. 3 aus "Sechs Vortragsstücke" op. 103a für Violine & Klavier; Sonate op. 116 für Cello & Klavier; Präludien & Fugen, Chaconne etc. op. 117 für Violine solo; Streichsextett op. 118; An die Hoffnung op. 124; Introduktion, Passacaglia & Fuge op. 127 für Orgel; 4 Tondichtungen nach A. Böcklin op. 128; 9 Stücke op. 129 für Orgel; Suite op. 131d Nr. 1 für Viola; Aria nach dem Choralvorspiel "O Mensch bewein dein Sünde groß" von J. S. Bach BWV 622 für Streichorchester; Fantasie & Fuge op. 135b für Orgel; 5 neue Kinderlieder op. 142; Träume am Kamin – 12 kleine Stücke op. 143 für Klavier.

Frauke May, Bernhard Buttmann, Bernhard Haas, Graham Barber, Sayaka Shoji, Katharina Wildermuth, Egidius Streiff, Klaudyna Schulze-Broniewska, Markus Becker, Rudolf Meister, Oliver Kern, Andrew Brownell, Alessandro Tardino, Evgenia Rubinova, Bernhard Renzikowski, Hagen Schwarzrock, Julien Quentin, Julius Berger, Wen-Sinn Yang, Katharina Troe, Roland Glassi, Aris Quartett, Diogenes Quartet, Hyperion Trio, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln, Ira Levin, Wayne Marshall.

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„Given that Reger is without doubt the most significant composer for organ between Bach and Messiaen, it's entirely appropriate that five hours of his music (for organ) is presented here. “ [Erik Levi, BBC Music, August 2017]

„This comprehensive and fascinating documentary/musical performance film about Max Reger's life and music has been a revelation to me. It has opened my ears and mind to this misunderstood giant of composition.“ [Classical Music Sentinel]

„I had to pinch myself a few times to ensure that I was not dreaming. I now know it has been crowdfunded. Had I been asked at the time, I would definitely have contributed, but that would have disqualified me from reviewing it. As it is, I can confidently say that if you have any interest in the music of the first 17 years of last century, you should buy this set. Mortgage your house, sell your relatives into slavery, but get it! (...) The performers are all first rate and with minor blips, noted below, the performances are superb, helping to show Reger in the best light. (...) The booklet is handsomely produced, with photos of all the artists and several pictures of Reger. It functions as a complete listing of his compositions, with the works that are performed picked out in bold type.“ [Tully Potter, Music Web International]


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