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Reger: Organ Works
Max Reger

Goode, Symphony Organ, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reger: Organ Works

Price: € 25.95 18.17
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212032923
Catnr: SIGCD 329
Release date: 01 May 2013
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212032923
Catalogue number
SIGCD 329
Release date
01 May 2013
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About the album

The two major organ works on these discs (his longest for organ) show Max Reger at the height of his powers; not only do they sustain a structural coherence over an impressive span, but they show an almost inexhaustible proliferation of invention. As well as the large-scale Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme and the Introduction Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, this 2CD set includes a collection shorter preludes and fugues - the Five Easy Preludes and Fugues and two transcriptions of preludes and fugues by JS Bach from the Well-Tempered Clavier.

De belangrijkste orgelwerken van Reger
De twee belangrijke orgelwerken van Max Reger op dit dubbelalbum (zijn langste orgelwerken) tonen de componist op het hoogtepunt van zijn kunnen; ze behouden niet alleen een structurele samenhang over een indrukwekkende reikwijdte, maar tonen ook een haast onvermoeibare vindingrijkheid.

De Introductie, Variaties en Fuga op een Origineel Thema Opus 73 in de ongebruikelijke toonsoort fis klein werd gecomponeerd in 1903. Het werk staat bekend om zijn toon van melancholisch lyrisme en het gebruik van een gewaagde en bijna impressionistische chromatiek terwijl de diepzinnigheid behouden blijft.

De Introductie, Passacaglia en Fuga Opus 127 stamt uit de laatste periode in Regers leven, toen hij steeds vaker de neoklassieke stijl in zijn werken opnam, wat schraler contrapunt en meer doorschijnende texturen inhoudt.

Naast deze grootschalige werken bevat het dubbelalbum een aantal kortere preludes en fuga’s: de 5 leicht ausführbare Präludien und Fugen Opus 56 en twee transcripties van preludes en fuga’s uit Das Wohltemperierte Klavier van Johann Sebastian Bach.

Artist(s)

David Goode (organ)

David Goode is Organist at Eton College, combining this post with a flourishing performing career. A music scholar at Eton, and then organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, he studied organ with David Sanger and in Amsterdam with Jacques van Oortmerssen. From 1996- 2001 he was Sub-Organist at Christ Church, Oxford; following prizes at the 1997 St. Alban’s Competition, and the 1998 Calgary Competition, he concentrated on a freelance career between 2001 and 2003. In 2003 he moved for 2 years to Los Angeles as Organist-in- Residence at First Congregational Church, home to the world’s largest church organ. In 1999 he made the first of numerous appearances at the Proms, and in 2002 he made his recital debuts at the RFH and...
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David Goode is Organist at Eton College, combining this post with a flourishing performing career.
A music scholar at Eton, and then organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, he studied organ with David Sanger and in Amsterdam with Jacques van Oortmerssen. From 1996- 2001 he was Sub-Organist at Christ Church, Oxford; following prizes at the 1997 St. Alban’s Competition, and the 1998 Calgary Competition, he concentrated on a freelance career between 2001 and 2003. In 2003 he moved for 2 years to Los Angeles as Organist-in- Residence at First Congregational Church, home to the world’s largest church organ.
In 1999 he made the first of numerous appearances at the Proms, and in 2002 he made his recital debuts at the RFH and at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, subsequently playing all over Europe, the US, Australia and the Far East. He also has an established partnership with the trumpeter Alison Balsom: in March 2014 they played for the reopening concert of the Royal Festival Hall organ. He played at the AGO National Convention in June 2016 Of his Bach for Signum in 2013 The Times said: ‘One of Britain’s finest organists puts the 1714 organ in Freiberg Cathedral through its paces .... An exemplary introduction’. 7 volumes of a complete survey of Reger’s organ music have now also appeared, to warm reviews. He has forged a strong relationship over the years on Radio 3 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Singers, and has played numerous contemporary works, including Francis Pott’s Christus (‘a stupendous achievement’ The Times), and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Solstice of Light.
He has also developed a profile as a composer: a set of anthems has been published, together with recordings by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge; and his Blitz Requiem was performed in September 2013 by the Bach Choir at St Paul’s Cathedral, and broadcast on Classic FM. He was also a juror at the 2017 St. Alban’s International Competition.

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Composer(s)

Max Reger

Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger (19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher. Born in Brand, Bavaria, Reger studied music in Munich and Wiesbaden with Hugo Riemann. From September 1901 he settled in Munich, where he obtained concert offers and where his rapid rise to fame began. During his first Munich season, Reger appeared in ten concerts as an organist, chamber pianist and accompanist. He continued to compose without interruption. From 1907 he worked in Leipzig, where he was music director of the universityuntil 1908 and professor of composition at the conservatory until his death. In 1911 he moved to Meiningen where he got the position of Hofkapellmeister at the court of Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. In 1915 he moved to Jena, commuting once a week to teach in Leipzig. He died in May 1916 on...
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Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger (19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher. Born in Brand, Bavaria, Reger studied music in Munich and Wiesbaden with Hugo Riemann. From September 1901 he settled in Munich, where he obtained concert offers and where his rapid rise to fame began. During his first Munich season, Reger appeared in ten concerts as an organist, chamber pianist and accompanist. He continued to compose without interruption. From 1907 he worked in Leipzig, where he was music director of the universityuntil 1908 and professor of composition at the conservatory until his death. In 1911 he moved to Meiningen where he got the position of Hofkapellmeister at the court of Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. In 1915 he moved to Jena, commuting once a week to teach in Leipzig. He died in May 1916 on one of these trips of a heart attack at age 43.
He had also been active internationally as a conductor and pianist. Among his students were Joseph Haas, Sándor Jemnitz, Jaroslav Kvapil, Ruben Liljefors, George Szell and Cristòfor Taltabull.
Reger was the cousin of Hans von Koessler.

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Disc #1
01.
Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op. 73: Introduction
06:53
02.
Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op. 73: Variations
23:59
03.
Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op. 73: Fugue
05:17
04.
Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op. 127: Introduction
05:14
05.
Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op. 127: Passacaglia
15:49
06.
Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op. 127: Fugue
10:38

Disc #2
01.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 1 in E major Prelude
06:09
02.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 1 in E major Fugue
03:54
03.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 2 in D minor Prelude
03:18
04.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 2 in D minor Fugue
02:53
05.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 3 in G major Prelude
05:03
06.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 3 in G major Fugue
05:50
07.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 4 in C major Prelude
03:42
08.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 4 in C major Fugue
02:37
09.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 5 in B minor Prelude
06:23
10.
Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op. 56: No. 5 in B minor Fugue
05:08
11.
Prelude and Fugue in G major (Book II, Well-Tempered Clavier): Prelude
03:14
12.
Prelude and Fugue in G major (Book II, Well-Tempered Clavier): Fugue
01:35
13.
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor (Book I, Well-Tempered Clavier): Prelude
03:50
14.
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor (Book I, Well-Tempered Clavier): Fugue
05:59
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