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SIG 329

Max Reger - Organ Works

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

David Goode



Producer:

Jonathan Lane



Engineer:

Jonathan Lane



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Organ




Total Time - 127:25
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MAX REGER

 

Introduction, Variations & Fugue on an Original Theme, Op.73

 
1 Introduction 6:53
2 Variations 23:59
3 Fugue 5:17
   
 

Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue in E minor, Op.127

 
4 Introduction 5:14
5 Passacaglia 15:49
6 Fugue 10:38
   
 

Five Easy Preludes & Fugues, Op.56

 
  No.1 in E major  
7 Prelude 6:09
8 Fugue 3:54
  No.2 in D minor  
9 Prelude 3:18
10 Fugue 2:53
  No.3 in G major  
11 Prelude 5:03
12 Fugue 5:50
  No.4 in C major  
13 Prelude 3:42
14 Fugue 2:37
  No.5 in B minor  
15 Prelude 6:23
16 Fugue 5:08
   
  Two Bach Transcriptions  
 

Prelude & Fugue in G major (Book II, Well-Tampered Clavier)

 
17 Prelude 3:14
18 Fugue 1:35
   
 

Prelude & Fugue in C-sharp minor (Book I, Well-Tempered Clavier)

 
19 Prelude 3:50
20 Fugue 5:59
   


The two major organ works on these albums (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 two album 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. 

"... it is a heartening experience to be able to recommend these accounts unreservedly. Goode’s intellectual grasp of these major works (each plays for more than half-an-hour) is deeply impressive, and such is the power of his playing that the listener’s attention is held throughout. The recording quality, also, is particularly fine -  clear and excellently ’placed’ wihtin the acoustic ..."

Robert Matthew-Walker - The Organ magazine - Autumn 2013


"... Goode, has a natural instinct for this music and one is effortlessly navigated through all the technical challenges presented ..."

Rupert Gough - Choir & Organ magazine - July/August 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."
 
Andrew Clements - The Guardian - April 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." 
 
Stephen Pettitt - The Times on Sunday - May 2013



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