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GH 2363

Reger: Variations and Fugues

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2010

Originally recorded in 2010


Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Paul van Kempen

Karl Bohm


Jesus Christus Church, Berlin

Record Label
Guild Historical


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 74:51
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Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Johann Adam Hiller, Op. 100

1 Theme: Andante grazioso 0:31
2 Variation I: Più andante 1:02
3 Variation II: Allegretto con grazia 3:35
4 Variation III: Vivace 2:08
5 Variation IV: Poco vivace 2:04
6 Variation V: Andante sostenuto 3:57
7 Variation VI: Tempo di Minuetto 3:02
8 Variation VII: Presto 2:59
9 Variation VIII: Andante con moto 2:36
10 Variation IX: Allegro con spirito 2:02
11 Variation X: Allegro appassionato 2:01
12 Variation XI: Andante con moto 6:31
13 Fuge: Allegro moderato (ma con spirito) 9:11
 Paul van Kempen
  July 1951  

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132

14 Theme: Andante grazioso 2:43
15 Variation I: L'istesso tempo 2:35
16 Variation II: Poco agitato (Più mosso) 1:57
17 Variation III: Con moto 1:20
18 Variation IV: Vivace 0:42
19 Variation V: Quasi presto 1:41
20 Variation VI: Sostenuto (quasi adagietto) 2:38
21 Variation VII: Andante grazioso 2:52
22 Variation VIII: Molto sostenuto 6:56
23 Fuge: Allegretto grazioso 9:48
 Karl Bohm
  19-21 December 1956  

This important CD restores to the international catalogues two of the first and most important post-war recordings of Max Reger’s orchestral music by two of the greatest interpreters of his work - Karl Böhm and Paul van Kempen- conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in legendary performances from 1951 and 1956.


"...But both are great performances. There is a tendency with more recent recordings of Reger’s orchestral music to lay off the drama, to make it all sound like civilised salon music. Not here though. True, Reger’s moments of dramatic intensity tend to be fleeting, but all are given their due by both conductors.

Audio-wise, you can’t expect miracles from recordings made in the mid-1950s, but German recordings from that period tend to have the edge over most others, and these aren’t bad at all. There is no peak distortion, the quiet passages (mostly woodwind solos) are clear enough to be enjoyable, and the range of dynamics in between is plenty wide enough for Reger’s purposes.

What you’ll find on this disc may not be sufficient to convert you to Reger’s cause, but if you already know these works, then these recordings offer a fascinating perspective. Historically, they are about half way between the composer’s own time and ours. Artistically, though, they are as close to the composer’s musical world as you are likely to find at this level of audio quality."

Gavin Dixon - 23 September 2010

"...if this release sparks your interest, buy it now while it is available – you will not be disappointed"

David Patmore

Classic Record Collector - Autumn 2010

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