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Max Reger: The Major Organ Works / David Goode, Organ of Symphony Hall, Birmingham [2 CDs]

Album Summary

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme for organ in F sharp minor, Op. 73
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for organ in E minor, Op. 127
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in E major, Op. 56/1
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in D minor, Op. 56/2
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in G major, Op. 56/3
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in C major, Op. 56/4
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in B minor, Op. 56/5
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The two major organ works on these discs (his longest for organ) show Max Reger at the height of his powers; not only do they sustain a structural coherence over an impressive span, but they show an almost inexhaustible proliferation of invention. As well as the large-scale Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme and the Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, this 2CD Set includes a collection shorter preludes and fugues - the Five Easy Preludes and Fugues and two transcriptions of preludes and fugues by JS Bach from the Well-Tempered Clavier.

The Guardian, 25th April 2013
Goode certainly makes [the Preludes and Fugues] sparkle in a way that belies the composer's dour image.

Sunday Times, 26th May 2013
The larger works are impressive but remote, whereas the concentration necessary in the shorter works lends them, paradoxically, a feeling of greater substance.

Organists Review, December 2013
Goode meets [Reger's] challenges, revealing the music in great clarity with the help of the Klais organ... There are some lovely individual moments and sounds achieved without sacrificing the overall grandeur of the effect that these larger pieces require.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
This recording includes Reger's two biggest works for organ: Variations and Fuge on an Original Theme and Introduction and Passacaglia in E minor... well-handled by Goode.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
He remains an astute and highly sympathetic advocate for this music...Through generous use of the swell pedal and warmly cloudy registrations, Goode evokes a style of Bach-playing long abandoned in the interests of historical authenticity without significantly compromising their musical interest.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Birmingham (08/2003).



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Works Details

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme for organ in F sharp minor, Op. 73
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for organ in E minor, Op. 127
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 31 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/24/1913

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in E major, Op. 56/1
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in D minor, Op. 56/2
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in G major, Op. 56/3
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in C major, Op. 56/4
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Prelude and Fugue for organ in B minor, Op. 56/5
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: David Goode (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722