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Max Reger (1873-1916): 7 Chorale Fantasias (7) for organ, Opp. 27, 30, 40 & 52; Heinrich Reimann (1850-1906): Chorale Fantasy, Op. 25 / Balazs Szabo, organ

Album Summary

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasia for organ ("Ein' Feste Burg ist unser Gott"), Op. 27
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasia for organ ("Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele"), Op. 30
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasias (2) for organ, Op. 40
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasias (3) for organ, Op. 52
>Reimann, Heinrich : Fantasy & Fugue for organ on the choral "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern", Op. 25
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Max Reger is regarded as the most important German composer of organ music since Johann Sebastian Bach. His chorale fantasias of magnificent scope have contributed significantly to his rank; without denying historical relations, they create an entirely new formal and harmonic dimension in music.

Reger's organ music would hardly be imaginable without Karl Straube. The later music director at the Church of St. Thomas in Leipzig was the outstanding organ virtuoso of his times and a partner for Reger's harmonic ideas requiring the execution of the most difficult technical feats. It was also Straube who premiered most of his friend's organ works and cleared them of the charge of un-playability.

Even though Balzs Szab is a mere thirty years old, he has compiled an impressive curriculum vitae. Educated in four European countries and showered with international prizes, he has also earned a doctoral degree in musicology and devotes himself to the restoration of historical instruments.

Szab has carefully selected just the right instruments for Reger's music. The Walcker organ in Vienna's Votive Church has mechanical cone-valve chests and is from 1887. The organ by the Link Brothers from 1906 in Giengen and the Kuhn organ from 1914 in St. Anthony's Church in Zurich have pneumatic cone-valve chests. Today this instrument also operates with the originally intended echo unit installed behind the altar. Multichannel reproduction with 2+2+2 recording technology enables it to be heard advantageously from precisely this position and with very fine room effects.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Giengen (08/17/2015-08/19/2015); Vienna (08/17/2015-08/19/2015); Zürich (08/17/2015-08/19/2015); Giengen (10/19/2015-10/21/2015); Vienna (10/19/2015-10/21/2015); Zürich (10/19/2015-10/21/2015); Giengen (11/23/2015-11/25/2015); Vienna (11/23/2015-11/25/2015); Zürich (11/23/2015-11/25/2015).



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>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasia for organ ("Ein' Feste Burg ist unser Gott"), Op. 27
  • Performer: Balazs Szano (Organ)
  • Notes: Vienna (11/23/2015-11/25/2015)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1898

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasia for organ ("Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele"), Op. 30
  • Performer: Balazs Szano (Organ)
  • Notes: Vienna (11/23/2015-11/25/2015)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasias (2) for organ, Op. 40
  • Performer: Balazs Szano (Organ)
  • Notes: Giengen (10/19/2015-10/21/2015)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1899

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Chorale Fantasias (3) for organ, Op. 52
  • Performer: Balazs Szano (Organ)
  • Notes: Zürich (08/17/2015-08/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 61 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1900

>Reimann, Heinrich : Fantasy & Fugue for organ on the choral "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern", Op. 25
  • Performer: Balazs Szano (Organ)
  • Notes: Giengen (10/19/2015-10/21/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern