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Reger: Grand Organ Works / Gerd Zacher

Album Summary

>Reger, Max : Variations and Fugue for Organ on an original theme in F sharp minor, Op. 73
>Reger, Max : Chorale Preludes (6) for Organ, WoO
>Reger, Max : Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for Organ in E minor, Op. 127
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Notes & Reviews:

To organ music fans, the works of Max Reger are old friends. The performer Gerd Zacher is also a favorite. He has been a specialist in new music for several decades, including works of his own. Zacher played a major part in the revival of the organ as a medium for avant-garde composers. But Zacher has not turned his back on the more standard repertoire. It is a welcome opportunity to hear these two masters of the instrument come together on this CD. As Zacher writes, "Max Reger was only born one year (1873) before Arnold Schoenberg. Nevertheless Reger died already at the age of only 43 years. Schoenberg, however, became 77. In Schoenberg's Vienna "Association for Private Musical Performances" (1918-1922) Reger was the most played composer, even more frequently than Schoenberg himself. Almost his entire chamber music, starting with Op.72 was performed there, even repeatedly. That suffices for me in order to prove his importance in the history of music from a reliable source. I have recorded three of his most important works on this compact disc on an organ which was built in 1900. It is contemporary to Max Reger himself and represents a type of instrument which Reger might have had in mind when he wrote his music."



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>Reger, Max : Variations and Fugue for Organ on an original theme in F sharp minor, Op. 73
  • Performer: Gerd Zacher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Reger, Max : Chorale Preludes (6) for Organ, WoO :: no 2, Komm, süsser Tod
  • Performer: Gerd Zacher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Reger, Max : Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for Organ in E minor, Op. 127
  • Performer: Gerd Zacher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Studio