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Max Reger (1873-1916): Mozart Variations, Op. 132a; Beethoven Variations, Op. 86; Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue, Op. 96 / Evelinde Trenkner, Sontraud Speidel, piano

Album Summary

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart for 2 pianos, Op. 132a
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven for 2 pianos, Op. 86
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for 2 pianos in B minor, Op. 96
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents full-bodies works of Max Reger for piano duo, all in the variation form. They revolve around his three great heroes of music history: Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.

This complete recording of Max Reger's compositions for piano duo presents him at his full-bodied best. In charge of this major undertaking: the Trenkner-Speidel Duo, who have added a number of important recordings to the MDG catalogue in recent years.

The three duos, all of them variation works, were composed within a period of ten years and served as visiting cards for the highly imaginative Reger. They revolve around the three great heroes of music history: Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Reger worked with absolute meticulousness in what he called "absolutely splendid" and "spectacular" scores until "every little note was calculated with the greatest precision for the sound."

These highly expressive piano compositions by Reger inspired the greatest enthusiasm among all music fans. This is remarkable indeed, since all three works are immensely complex, which made them unsuitable for performance in the home - then the measure of a genuine hit.



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>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart for 2 pianos, Op. 132a
  • Performers: Sontraud Speidel (Piano); Evelinde Trenkner (Piano)
  • Notes: 09/08/1997-09/10/1997
  • Running Time: 18 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/1914

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven for 2 pianos, Op. 86
  • Performers: Sontraud Speidel (Piano); Evelinde Trenkner (Piano)
  • Notes: 09/08/1997-09/10/1997
  • Running Time: 22 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/1904

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for 2 pianos in B minor, Op. 96
  • Performers: Sontraud Speidel (Piano); Evelinde Trenkner (Piano)
  • Notes: 09/08/1997-09/10/1997
  • Running Time: 24 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/17/1906