Reger: Organ Works, Vol. 11 / Hans-Jurgen Kaiser

> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 1. Praeludium in E minor
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 2. Fughetta in E minor
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 3. Canzonetta in G minor
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 4. Gigue in D minor
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 5. Ave Maria in D flat major
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 6. Intermezzo in G minor
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 9. Perpetuum mobile in F minor
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 10. Intermezzo in D major
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 11. Toccata in A minor
> 12 Pieces, Op. 80 - No. 12. Fugue in E minor
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 1. Ach Gott, verlass mich nicht
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 2. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 3. Herr, nun selbst den Wagen halt
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 4. Morgenglanz der Ewigkeit
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 5. Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 6. Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 7. Auferstehn, ja auferstehn wirst du
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 8. Christ ist erstanden von dem Tod
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 9. Christus, der ist mein Leben
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 10. Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 11. Nun danket alle Gott
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 12. Herr, nun selbst den Wagen halt
> 13 Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b - No. 13. Warum sollt ich mich denn graemen

Album Summary

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Preludes (13) for organ, Op. 79b
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Max Reger's Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, explores a wide-ranging selection of short musical forms suitable for performance as a complete suite in recital or as individual items within the celebration of the Christian liturgy. His Thirteen Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b, include settings of famous hymn tunes such as Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott, Mit Fried und Freud, Nun danket alle Gott and Auferstehn.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fulda Cathedral, Fulda, Germany (07/2010).



Reviews

Magnificent Rieger-Sauer organ enhances Max Reger works
The performance of Twelve pieces Opus 80 and Thirteen Chorale Preludes Opus 79b by Max Reger heralds a standard of excellence of the organ at the Fulda Cathedral and technical accuracy by Hans-Jürgen Kaiser. The velvety flutes and commanding principals attract the listener immediately. The stunning sound quality suggests that a visit to the organ in the ancient German city of Fulda should not be postponed, in order to hear more, sooner, and in person.

Professor Kaiser’s recording, in the series of Reger complete organ works, provides an example for the student or organist to emulate. Some of the chorale preludes on the familiar hymn tunes such as Ein feste Berg, Mit Fried und Freud, Christus der ist mein Leben, Nun danket, Warum sollt are lovely examples for the listener, the worshipper. But others do not have the same appeal. Why does an organist repeatedly pass by some compositions in favor of the appeal of certain favorites? What makes an attraction for the audience? Some indeed are fine pieces; but others sound dissonant rather than lush or striking. Some are difficult for the “regular Sunday organist” to prepare quickly and readily for service use.

Max Reger’s biography reveals a troubled personality and discouraged artistry. Perhaps the difficulties of his life provide an explanation for the lack of appeal of his works. And yet The Max Reger Foundation in America is devoted to his music and to the education of young musicians, so an active appreciation of his life and works continues to this day.

This cd is certainly to the credit of Hans-Jürgen Kaiser and the Rieger-Sauer Organ at Fulda Cathedral. Performance skill and the recording of the works of Reger is a worthy reason for making the recording. Yet Reger’s lasting appeal to the organist and to the congregation remains uncertain.
Submitted on 07/29/11 by howsweetthesound 
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>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 1. Praeludium
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 2. Fughetta
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 3. Canzonetta
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 4. Gigue
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 5. Ave Maria
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 6. Intermezzo
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 9. Perpetuum mobile
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 10. Intermezzo
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 11. Toccata
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Twelve Pieces, Op. 80, Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 :: no 12. Fugue
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/15/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Preludes (13) for organ, Op. 79b
  • Performer: Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (Organ)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1903