Max Reger, Organ Works – 2CD Set

£18.00

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

 

SKU: SIGCD329

What people are saying

"… the concentration necessary in the shorter works lends them, paradoxically, a feeling of greater substance." The Times, May 2013

"…Compelling recitals." The Northern Echo, June 2013

David Goode

Symphony Organ of Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Release date:8th Apr 2013
Order code:SIGCD329
Barcode: 635212032923

June 2013
 
The two major organ works on these discs show Max Reger at the height of his powers. They are performed by David Goode on the organ at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. As well as the large-scale works, such as Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, the set includes shorter preludes and fugues. Compelling recitals. 
 

Northern Echo, Gavin Englelbrecht

July 2013
 
The main elements of this double CD are opp. 73 and 127, both over 30 minutes in length and illustrative of Reger at his most inventive. With Reger’s writing bordering on Impressionism here, it is hard to sustain the musical narrative at this length. However, Goode has a natural instinct for this music and one is effortlessly navigated through all the technical challenges presented. By way of contrast the second CD contains the Five Easy Preludes & Fugues and a pair of Reger’s Bach transcriptions. I had my doubts as to whether the Symphony Hall Klais organ would prove ideal, but what one loses in atmosphere with the concert hall acoustics, one gains in clarity.

Choir & Organ, Rupert Gough

May 2013

Reger’s best-known works are those for organ, and are based on Bachian forms, methods and gestures. Goode, playing the organ at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, essays Reger’s two most ambitious organ pieces, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op 73, and Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op 127, alongside the Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op 56. The larger works are impressive but remote, whereas the concentration necessary in the shorter works lends them, paradoxically, a feeling of greater substance. 

The Times on Sunday, Stephen Pettitt

April 2013

Even by Max Reger’s standards, the works that fill the first of this pair of discs are massive: at 35 and 31 minutes respectively, they are his two most substantial organ works. The Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme Op 73, composed in 1903, is couched in the dense, chromatic style typical of Reger’s maturity and dominated by the huge central set of variations, which is followed by a relatively modest concluding fugue. In the Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor Op 127, from 10 years later, the weight is again the central section, a passacaglia with 26 variations. In this case it is balanced by a hefty double fugue, while the textures have a clarity and, in David Goode’s performance on the organ of Symphony Hall, Birmingham, a greater crispness, that really do suggest more transparency in Reger’s later style. By contrast, the Five Easy Preludes and Fugues on the second disc seem much more straightforward and lighter in tone; Goode certainly makes them sparkle in a way that belies the composer’s dour image.

The Guardian, Andrew Clements

  1. Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op.73: Introduction – Max Reger – 6.53
  2. Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op.73: Variations – Max Reger – 23.59
  3. Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op.73: Fugue – Max Reger – 5.17
  4. Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op.127: Introduction – Max Reger – 5.14
  5. Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op.127: Passacaglia – Max Reger – 15.49
  6. Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op.127: Fugue – Max Reger – 10.38
  7. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 1 in E major: Prelude – Max Reger – 6.09
  8. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 1 in E major: Fugue – Max Reger – 3.54
  9. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 2 in D minor: Introduction – Max Reger – 3.18
  10. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 2 in D minor: Fugue – Max Reger – 2.53
  11. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 3 in G major: Introduction – Max Reger – 5.03
  12. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 3 in G major: Fugue – Max Reger – 5.50
  13. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 4 in C major: Introduction – Max Reger – 3.42
  14. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 4 in C major: Fugue – Max Reger – 2.37
  15. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 5 in B minor: Introduction – Max Reger – 6.23
  16. Five Easy Preludes and Fugues, Op.56: No. 5 in B minor: Fugue – Max Reger – 5.08
  17. Prelude and Fugue in G major (Book II, Well-Tempered Clavier): Prelude – Max Reger – 3.14
  18. Prelude and Fugue in G major (Book II, Well-Tempered Clavier): Fugue – Max Reger – 1.35
  19. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor (Book I, Well-Tempered Clavier): Prelude – Max Reger – 3.50
  20. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor (Book I, Well-Tempered Clavier): Fugue – Max Reger – 5.59