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Re: Max Reger(1873-1916)
« Reply #300 on: July 03, 2022, 11:14:13 PM »
Well, IMO the op 74 variation (3d) movement is really beautiful and not over the top in any way.

Maybe it's the last-word fallacy but I can't help but feel especially nr 5 has a greater depth. Of course this would apply even more to the clarinet quintet.

The opening mvt of the op 121 with its furious drive and its reiterated reaching for a simple waltz rhythm (the entire mvt is in 3/4) is (to me) tremendously affecting.

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« Reply #301 on: July 03, 2022, 11:54:53 PM »
I have no precise recollection but I dimly recall op.74 and one of op.54 as "monstrous". Extremely long, extremely dense and unmelodic, out-brahmsing Brahms and out-baching Bach as Reger could be often characterised. Not anything I am going to listen to in summer, I am afraid...

What intrigues me, what's really caught my imagination, is the transitions from one section to another, in the first movement. And as Herman says, the variations are beautiful and the second movement is full of brio. It's more true to say that it's not short than it is to say that it's long  -- Schubert G major or Beethoven op 131/132 length.
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« Reply #302 on: July 04, 2022, 03:25:21 AM »
I will listen to op 74 tonight.

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« Reply #303 on: July 04, 2022, 09:32:33 AM »
Try to hear Berne if you can, it’s streaming everywhere, I think it’s more successful than Mannheimer (just on the basis of listening to the first 15 minutes of Mannheimer I should say! It could just be me needing to get used to a different approach.)
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« Reply #304 on: July 05, 2022, 05:53:38 AM »


Outstanding op 74 here, from Berlin Philharmonia Quartet.
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« Reply #305 on: July 05, 2022, 06:45:58 AM »


Outstanding op 74 here, from Berlin Philharmonia Quartet.

+1. My favourite recording of the work.

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« Reply #306 on: July 09, 2022, 12:41:01 PM »


Everything about this one seems valuable to me - performances and sonatas. Op 116 is turning out to be my favourite Reger cello sonata, op 139 my favourite Reger violin sonata.
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« Reply #307 on: July 09, 2022, 12:46:23 PM »
I was just listening to that recording of Opus 116 the other day, but with a different coupling

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« Reply #308 on: August 03, 2022, 10:45:31 AM »


I don’t know if it’s just me who’s in the mood, but a really sweet op 74 here. Real heavenly lengths.
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Re: Max Reger(1873-1916)
« Reply #309 on: August 04, 2022, 08:33:15 AM »


As you can see Siegfried Mauser has been involved in at least two recordings of op 139. They caught my interest because the first movement in both cases is unusually extended. The one on Hänsler - with Nachum Erlich - seems really interesting to me. Anyway I can say this: I’m enjoying it this evening.

Although this is probably of interest to no one other than yours truly, I’d noticed Nachum Erlich before in a recording, a very beautiful recording, of Wolfgang Rihm’s 3 Vorspiele, on a collection released by the Karlsruhe Schule.
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Re: Max Reger(1873-1916)
« Reply #310 on: August 06, 2022, 08:16:04 AM »
A splendid 2016 Leipzig Gewandhaus performance of Reger's Piano Concerto has been downloaded on youtube, with Peter Serkin on piano and Herbert Blomstedt as always delving pretty deep into MR's music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2lM21hM_4c

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« Reply #311 on: August 06, 2022, 09:58:28 AM »
It's a pity that Rudolf and Peter Serkin, probably the best known 20th/21st century pianists who really cared for Reger's music made so few commercial recordings of Reger. Maybe it didn't even sell well with Serkin on the cover.
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