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Reger: Organ Works, Vol. 10

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  1. Reger, M. — Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Reger, M. — Prelude and Fugue In e Minor, Op. 85, No. 4: Fugue $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 39. Vater Unser Im Himmelreich $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 40. Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 41. Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 42. Von Gott Will Ich Nicht Lassen (Mit Ernst, O Menschenkinder) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 43. Warum Sollt Ich Mich Denn Gramen $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 44. Was Gott Tut, Das Ist Wohlgetan $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Reger, M. — Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Reger, M. — Prelude and Fugue In G Sharp Minor: Fugue $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 45. Wer Nur Den Lieben Gott Lasst Walten (ernst) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 46. Wer Nur Den Lieben Gott Lasst Walten (freudig) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 47. Werde Munter, Mein Gemute (Der Am Kreuz Ist Meine Liebe) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 48. Wer Weiss, Wie Nahe Mir Mein Ende $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 49. Wie Schon Leuchte Der Morgenstern $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 50. Wie Wohl Ist Mir, O Freund Der Seelen $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 51. Jesus Ist Kommen $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Reger, M. — 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67 : No. 52. O Wie Selig Seid Ihr Doch Ihr Frommen $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in E minor, Op. 85/4
>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 39-44
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op. 85
>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasia for organ ("Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele"), Op. 30
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Martin Welzel, who also performs on Volumes 6 (NXS 8557338) and 8 (NXS 8570455) gaining American Record Guide's praise as "authoritative", performs on the splendid Johannes Klais Organ in Trier Cathedral. Although a Catholic, Reger nevertheless drew on the Lutheran tradition's rich store of chorales, the inspiration for his many preludes, fantasias and other works. Whether pulling out all the stops or exploring the instrument's more delicate colourings, Welzel demonstrates here why Max Reger is regarded as the greatest German composer of organ music since Bach.

"The first thing you're likely to notice when you listen to this Volume 10 in Naxos' traversal of the organ works of Max Reger is how agreeable is the sound of this instrument, how well designed and compatible the array of stops--and of course how masterfully organist Martin Welzel employs them in the varied selections performed in this thoughtfully programmed recital. A look at the specifications of the Johannes Klais organ at Trier Cathedral, which Welzel plays here (built in 1974), shows it to be a kind of 4-manual cousin to the 3-manual cathedral organ at Wesel (built by Wilhelm Sauer), which was the instrument on which Karl Straube famously promoted Reger's works in the latter years of the 19th century. The numerous color stops, the string-type flues, and the finely-voiced reeds, such as the Schalmey, give this instrument a character that's ideal for exploiting Reger's often highly chromatic, intricately textured works. (Johannes Klais is one of the most respected and revered organ building firms in Germany--a family operation founded in the 19th century that today builds organs all over the world.)

Yes, Reger is touted as "the greatest German composer of organ music since Bach", and that is certainly arguable, but stylistically, he also didn't progress very far from the great master, which I suppose is not such a bad thing for Bach fans looking for a formidable and trustworthy disciple. While the chorale preludes are very satisfying tributes to Bach's definitive creations, the two preludes and fugues are significant, original repertoire pieces in their own right, as is the fantasia on "Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele" that closes the program. Welzel is fabulous, his commanding key- and pedal-board presence, his facile legato, and confident, clear articulation reminding us of why we are always so awed by the skills of this unique breed of instrumentalist.

And speaking of awe, for those who care about such things, the site of this recording, Trier Cathedral, is of great historical significance, as is the town of Trier. Both the cathedral, which dates back to the time of Constantine, and the town itself are the oldest in Germany, the town dating to before the time of Christ. Trier was one of the important seats of Roman church and state power and influence in the Middle Ages, playing a role in the intrigue and monumental struggles in the early Christian church during the 4th century. This is the sort of recording that encourages you to look into such things--but even at its most basic level it lifts your spirit while urging you to turn up the volume and simply revel in Reger's music."-classicstoday.com

"Trier Cathedral's Klais organ copes magnificently with the wide range of tonal colours and quick changes demanded by this most fastidious of composers. This is an instrument of great character: firm diapason foundations, fragrant flutes, piquant mixtures and acidic string ranks." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009).



Reviews

Reger by Welzel
Martin Welzel literally pulls out all the stops while performing a variety of preludes, fugues, and chorale preludes by Max Reger. I have frequently thought of the organ fugue in its layered complexity as providing a challenging exercise for both man and machine, and Welzel clearly performs an olympic workout on the Johannes Klais Organ in Trier Cathedral. Welzel is able to tastefully blend powerful dynamics, remeniscient of Reger's own era, to the melodic chorales as well as the baroque-influenced, well-metered fugues -- a talent that separates him from other organ workers. The session contains over an hour of organ music with detailed and informative liner notes (both English and German).
Submitted on 11/10/10 by world_citizen 
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>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in E minor, Op. 85/4
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 39-44 :: no 39 Vater un
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 39-44 :: no 40 Vom Himm
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 39-44 :: no 41 Wachet a
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 39-44 :: no 42 Von Gott
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 39-44 :: no 43 Warum so
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 39-44 :: no 44 Was Gott
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op. 85 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op. 85 :: Fugue
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 45 Wer nur
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 46 Wer nur
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 47 Werde mu
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 48 Wer weis
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 49 Wie schö
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 50 Wie wohl
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 51 Jesus is
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales, Op. 67, Nos. 45-52 :: no 52 O wie se
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasia for organ ("Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele"), Op. 30
  • Performer: Martin Welzel (Organ)
  • Notes: Trier Cathedral, Germany (07/04/2009-07/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898