Reger Collection

Reger Collection
Composer Max Reger
Artist Various artists
Format 11 CD
Cat. number 94663
EAN code 5028421946634
Release April 2013

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Inspired to follow a career in music after attending a performance of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, celebrated composer Max Reger began his musical endeavours as an organist. His compositional style gradually developed, and today his name is synonymous with the schools of Brahms and Beethoven, his two greatest influences.

This extensive collection provides a showcase of Reger’s finest music. Although the composer generally avoided large-scale works such as the symphony, some of his Variations nevertheless have a symphonic feel: the J.A. Hiller Variations, which enjoyed much popularity during the composer’s lifetime; the resplendent Fugue finale of the Beethoven Variations; and the Mozart Variations, long considered a masterpiece. The selection also includes his Concertos, both of which have a distinctly Brahmsian quality, his magnificent Chorale Preludes for organ, as well as music for voice – including the renowned Lied To Hope, reminiscent of Wagner’s Tristan, the Hymn of Love and several sacred songs. Reger further proved his versatility by writing A Ballet Suite, something so unlike anything else he had written that the composer himself said of it: ‘[this] could be by any other composer, just not by me.’

The collection boasts a wealth of acclaimed conductors, soloists and orchestras including, among others, violinist Walter Hartwich, organist Wouter van den Broek, and conductors Heinz Rögner and Otmar Suitner.

Other information:
-In 2013, a Reger “Anniversary Year”, Brilliant Classics is proud to release a substantial Collection on 11 CD’s of this great and unjustly neglected composer.
- This set presents Reger’s best known works: the glorious orchestral Böcklin Suite, the Mozart-, Beethoven- and Hiller Variations, the mighty piano concerto and violin concerto, the beautiful clarinet quintet (not in the least inferior to Brahms’ masterpiece), the complete Chorale Fantasias for organ (Reger, organist himself, wrote extensively and superbly for his instrument) and a fine selection of choral works.
- Excellent performances by the finest German forces of the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Staatkapelle Berlin and Dresden, and conductors like Franz Konwitchny, Günther Herbig and Otmar Suitner.
- Licenced treasures from the Berlin Classics catalogue.
- Contains extensive liner notes on the pieces as well as sung texts and organ disposition information.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. A Ballet Suite, Op. 130: I. Entrée: Tempo di marcia
  2. A Ballet Suite, Op. 130: II. Colombine: Adagietto (molto tranquillo)
  3. A Ballet Suite, Op. 130: III. Harlequin: Vivace
  4. A Ballet Suite, Op. 130: IV. Pierrot und Pierrette: Larghetto
  5. A Ballet Suite, Op. 130: V. Valse d’amour: Sostenuto – Tempo di valse
  6. A Ballet Suite, Op. 130: VI. Finale: Presto
  7. Concerto in the Old Style, Op. 123: I. Allegro con spirito
  8. Concerto in the Old Style, Op. 123: II. Largo
  9. Concerto in the Old Style, Op. 123: III. Allegro
  10. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Andante
  11. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 1: Un poco più lento
  12. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 2: Appassionato
  13. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 3: Andantino grazioso
  14. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 4: Vivace
  15. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 5: Andante sostenuto
  16. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 6: Allegretto con grazia
  17. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 7: Poco vivace
  18. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Variation 8: Allegro pomposo
  19. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (arr. for orchestra): Fugue: Con spirito (non troppo allegro)

Disk 2

  1. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Theme: Andante grazioso
  2. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 1: Più andante
  3. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 2: Allegretto con grazia – Meno allegretto – Andante sostenuto – Largo
  4. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 3: Vivace
  5. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 4: Poco vivace
  6. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 5: Andante sostenuto –Quasi più andante – Tempo primo – Più lento
  7. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 6: Tempo di minuetto – Meno mosso – Tempo primo
  8. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 7: Presto
  9. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 8: Andante con moto
  10. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 9: Allegro con spirito – Poco meno mosso – Tempo primo
  11. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 10: Allegro appassionato
  12. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Variation 11: Andante con moto – Più lento – Largo – Più largo
  13. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller, Op. 100: Fugue: Allegro moderato – Meno mosso – Tempo primo –Quasi largo – Più largo

Disk 3

  1. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Andante grazioso
  2. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 1: L’istesse tempo
  3. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 2: Poco agitato
  4. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 3: Con moto
  5. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 4: Vivace
  6. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 5: Quasi presto
  7. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 6: Sostenuto
  8. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 7: Andante grazioso
  9. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Variation 8: Molto sostenuto
  10. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132: Fugue: Allegretto grazioso
  11. Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin, Op. 128: I. The hermit playing the violin: Molto sostenuto
  12. Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin, Op. 128: II. The play of the waves: Vivace
  13. Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin, Op. 128: III. The isle of the dead: Molto sostenuto (doch nie schleppend)
  14. Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin, Op. 128: IV. Bacchanal: Vivace

Disk 4

  1. Sinfonietta, Op. 90: I. Allegro moderato (quasi allegretto) –
  2. Sinfonietta, Op. 90: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio: Moderato
  3. Sinfonietta, Op. 90: III. Larghetto
  4. Sinfonietta, Op. 90: IV. Allegro con spirito – Più allegro
  5. To Hope, Op. 124, for Alto and Orchestra
  6. Hymn of Love, Op. 136, for Alto/Baritone and Orchestra

Disk 5

  1. Violin Concerto, Op. 101: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Violin Concerto, Op. 101: II. Largo con gran espressione –
  3. Violin Concerto, Op. 101: III. Allegro moderato (ma con spirito)

Disk 6

  1. Piano Concerto, Op. 114: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Piano Concerto, Op. 114: II. Largo con gran espressione –
  3. Piano Concerto, Op. 114: III. Allegro con spirito

Disk 7

  1. Symphonic Prologue to a Tragedy, Op. 108 (short version): Grave – Allegro agitato – Andante sostenuto – Largo
  2. A romantic suite, Op. 125: I. Notturno: Molto sostenuto
  3. A romantic suite, Op. 125: II. Scherzo: Vivace
  4. A romantic suite, Op. 125: III. Finale: Molto sostenuto

Disk 8

  1. String Trio in A Minor, Op. 77b: I. Sostenuto – Allegro agitato
  2. String Trio in A Minor, Op. 77b: II. Larghetto
  3. String Trio in A Minor, Op. 77b: III. Scherzo: Vivace
  4. String Trio in A Minor, Op. 77b: IV. Allegro con moto
  5. Clarinet Quintet, Op. 146: I. Moderato ed amabile
  6. Clarinet Quintet, Op. 146: II. Vivace
  7. Clarinet Quintet, Op. 146: III. Largo
  8. Clarinet Quintet, Op. 146: IV. Poco allegretto

Disk 9

  1. Chorale Fantasia, Op. 27: Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott
  2. Chorale Fantasia, Op. 30: Freu’ dich sehr, o meine Seele
  3. Chorale Fantasias, Op. 40: Wie schön leucht’t uns der Morgenstern
  4. Chorale Fantasias, Op. 40: Straf’ mich nicht in deinem Zorn

Disk 10

  1. Chorale Fantasias, Op. 52: Alle Menschen müssen sterben
  2. Chorale Fantasias, Op. 52: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
  3. Chorale Fantasias, Op. 52: Halleluja! Gott zu loben, bleibe meine Seelenfreud

Disk 11

  1. 8 Sacred Songs, Op. 138, for 4–8 Mixed Voices: No. 1: Der Mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit
  2. 8 Sacred Songs, Op. 138, for 4–8 Mixed Voices: No. 2: Morgengesang (Du höchstes Licht)
  3. 8 Sacred Songs, Op. 138, for 4–8 Mixed Voices: No. 3: Nachtlied (Die Nacht ist kommen)
  4. 8 Sacred Songs, Op. 138, for 4–8 Mixed Voices: No. 4: Unser lieben Frauen Traum
  5. Sacred Songs, Op. 110, 5-part Motets for A Capella Choir: No. 1: Mein Odem is nicht schwach
  6. Sacred Songs, Op. 110, 5-part Motets for A Capella Choir: No. 2: Ach, Herr, strafe mich nicht
  7. Sacred Songs, Op. 110, 5-part Motets for A Capella Choir: No. 3: O Tod, wie bitter bist du