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Harry

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Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« on: May 09, 2007, 07:08:09 AM »
These Thorofon recordings are recent, and I ordered it, because I am a admirer of Reger's music, but I would welcome opinions, or even the happy owner of these recordings could enlighten me, as too the quality.
I will eagerly await this fabulous box. :)

http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/hnum/4110305/rk/classic/rsk/novelties
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Re: Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007, 11:16:27 AM »
These Thorofon recordings are recent, and I ordered it, because I am a admirer of Reger's music, but I would welcome opinions, or even the happy owner of these recordings could enlighten me, as too the quality.
I will eagerly await this fabulous box. :)

http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/hnum/4110305/rk/classic/rsk/novelties

Well done, an ambitious purchase of an ambitious undertaking. This series has cemented Becker's place on the Max Reger Institute's board of trustees.

I have cherrypicked two volumes, trying to avoid as much as possible Max's insatiable need to enhance upon other composers.

In much of the series' 12 volumes, Becker displays qualities of Reger not heard enough. Humor, charm, feeling. Where have these pieces been? Mostly buried by critics and musicologists, I suppose.

I also suppose, if I may leap ahead, that Becker would clearly show advantage over Hamelin, were Marc Andre to record some of these "lesser" works. What is clear, so far to me, is that these two pianists complement each other beautifully. Hamelin for power and rote. Becker for detail and delicacy.

We can hope that this project somehow inspires others to record more of Reger solo piano. Hamelin, Schiff, Peter Serkin, Scherbakov, Berezovsky, come immediately to mind.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007, 11:19:55 AM »
Well done, an ambitious purchase of an ambitious undertaking. This series has cemented Becker's place on the Max Reger Institute's board of trustees.

I have cherrypicked two volumes, trying to avoid as much as possible Max's insatiable need to enhance upon other composers.

In much of the series' 12 volumes, Becker displays qualities of Reger not heard enough. Humor, charm, feeling. Where have these pieces been? Mostly buried by critics and musicologists, I suppose.

I also suppose, if I may leap ahead, that Becker would clearly show advantage over Hamelin, were Marc Andre to record some of these "lesser" works. What is clear, so far, to me is that these two pianists complement each other beautifully. Hamelin for power and rote. Becker for detail and delicacy.

Thank you so much for this reaction. It pleases me greatly to find another lover of Reger's work.

Harry

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2007, 08:48:07 AM »
Well only one that loves the work of Reger. No lively discussion then............
O, well! :'(

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Re: Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2007, 03:14:45 PM »
Well only one that loves the work of Reger. No lively discussion then............
O, well! :'(

Harry - hello, been gone a week to Florida (vacation + meeting), just returning and trying to 'catch up' on the GMG Forum - I now have about a dozen CDs of Reger's music, both orchestral & chamber, but not sure about his piano works?  So, I hope others may respond to your question!  Dave  :D

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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2007, 10:24:04 PM »
Harry - hello, been gone a week to Florida (vacation + meeting), just returning and trying to 'catch up' on the GMG Forum - I now have about a dozen CDs of Reger's music, both orchestral & chamber, but not sure about his piano works?  So, I hope others may respond to your question!  Dave  :D

Thanks Dave for your reaction.
Will buy his piano works anyway. :)

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2007, 02:38:05 PM »
Thanks Dave for your reaction.
Will buy his piano works anyway. :)

Three Regerites appearing within a couple of days is quite impressive. Maybe awesome. Maybe unheard of.

Same time next year?

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Re: Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2007, 03:07:22 PM »
Three Regerites appearing within a couple of days is quite impressive. Maybe awesome. Maybe unheard of.

Same time next year?

Boris - assume that you're interested in Reger since you repsonded earlier?  But, for those who are curious, check out this thread Reger Ranch from the old forum - plenty of comments & recommendations w/ pics.  I've just not explored his 'solo' works to date - but will certainly be a consideration -  :D

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2007, 06:01:26 PM »
Boris - assume that you're interested in Reger since you repsonded earlier?  But, for those who are curious, check out this thread Reger Ranch from the old forum - plenty of comments & recommendations w/ pics.  I've just not explored his 'solo' works to date - but will certainly be a consideration -  :D

The Reger orchestral works have the most interest for me. This would include the Mozart, Romantic, Hiller, Boklin (Salonen, Zagrosek, Jarvi), and the violin concerto (Scherzer/Blomstedt).

The piano concerto has not had much impact for me. Serkin is the best I have heard. Douglas I would like to hear.

Of solo piano, as already mentioned, Hamelin and Becker.

Of chamber, string quartets Op. 109 & 121 (Mannheimer), clarinet quintet, string sextet (Meyer/Vienna String Sextet).

I noticed in that old thread there were several recommendations for Naxos. I have tried most of them and I did not think they competed very well. With the exception of the one with the clarinet quintet, I think they would turn more people off than onto Reger.

The viola sonatas on Bridge, piano chamber on MDG, and violin and cello sonatas on other labels, can't remember, not Naxos, did not appeal to me.

Although I enjoy what I now have of Reger, it could be a closed book for additions. We shall see, or hear rather.
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Harry

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2007, 05:31:46 AM »
Did you know by the way, that the box around the cd's is really made of wood.
Novelty! :)

Harry

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Re: Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2007, 05:32:23 AM »
Boris - assume that you're interested in Reger since you repsonded earlier?  But, for those who are curious, check out this thread Reger Ranch from the old forum - plenty of comments & recommendations w/ pics.  I've just not explored his 'solo' works to date - but will certainly be a consideration -  :D

Thanks for this link Dave! :)

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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2007, 05:53:21 AM »
Thanks for this link Dave! :)

No problem, Harry - I must correct myself slightly concerning 'solo piano' works by Reger - I do own the single Hamelin disc, which is generally well reviewed - the package 'in wood' seems to be 12 discs - quite an undertaking!  :o

Boris - thanks for the excellent comments!  :D

Since this thread is on Reger & the piano, I would be curious if anyone owns or has heard the Piano Trios disc below - on a favorite label of mine, MDG, and w/ a group that I generally enjoy - thanks.  Dave  :)

 

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Re: Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2007, 05:57:05 AM »
No problem, Harry - I must correct myself slightly concerning 'solo piano' works by Reger - I do own the single Hamelin disc, which is generally well reviewed - the package 'in wood' seems to be 12 discs - quite an undertaking!  :o

Boris - thanks for the excellent comments!  :D

Since this thread is on Reger & the piano, I would be curious if anyone owns or has heard the Piano Trios disc below - on a favorite label of mine, MDG, and w/ a group that I generally enjoy - thanks.  Dave  :)

 

LOL Dave, you must know I own it, infact I have all the MDG recordings with the works from Reger, and I mean all of them.

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Re: Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2007, 07:01:45 AM »
This isn't about Reger's piano works, but I've just posted a review of a sublime performance of his orchestral Variations on a Theme of Mozart in another thread here. Or it can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/35be8j
Without music, life would be a mistake. -- Nietzsche

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Re: Reger's pianoworks, complete.
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2007, 07:05:07 AM »
LOL Dave, you must know I own it, infact I have all the MDG recordings with the works from Reger, and I mean all of them.

Harry - you know I already assumed you had that one on the MDG label w/ that group, but what do you think?   ;D  Dave

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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2007, 07:11:36 AM »
Harry - you know I already assumed you had that one on the MDG label w/ that group, but what do you think?   ;D  Dave

I heard it once, and I was sold completely my friend. :)

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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2007, 07:15:13 AM »
I heard it once, and I was sold completely my friend. :)

OK, Harry - goin' to add that one to my 'purchase list' right away - thanks! Dave  :D

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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2007, 08:17:26 AM »
OK, Harry - goin' to add that one to my 'purchase list' right away - thanks! Dave  :D

For what it is worth regarding MDG and other labels Reger chamber, I have had the opposite reaction to his use of piano in quartets (incl. MDG), trios (incl. MDG), and sonatas, much preferring the string works.

Maybe Reger's association with Szell had something to do with that.  ;D
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