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Max Reger

Max Reger

Born: 1873 Died: 1916

The celebrated German composer Reger (Johann Baptist Joseph) Max(imilian) Reger, was the son of a school-teacher and amateur musician, who gave him instruction on the piano organ, and various string instruments. In 1874 the family moved to Weiden, where he studied organ and theory with Adalbert Lindner. He then attended the teacher-training college; after visiting the Bayreuth Festival in 1888, he decided on a career in music. He went to Sondershausen to study with Riemann in 1890, and continued as his pupil in Wiesbaden (1890-1893).

From 1890 to 1896, Max Reger was active as a teacher of piano, organ, and theory. Following military service, he returned to Weiden in 1898 and wrote a number of his finest works for organ. He went to Munich in 1901, first gaining general recognition as a pianist and later as a composer; was professor of counterpoint at the Konigliche Akademie der Tonkunst (1905-1906). Prominent compositions from this period included the Piano Quintet, op. 64 (1901-1902), the Violin Sonata, op. 72 (1903), the String Quartet op. 74 (1903-1904), the Variationen und Fuge uber ein Thema von J.S. Bach for Piano, op. 81 (1904), and the Sinfonietta, op. 90 (1904-1905). He went to Leipzig as music director of the University (1907-1908) and as professor of composition at the Conservatory (from 1907).

Max Reger's fame as a composer was enhanced by his successful tours as a soloist and conductor in Germany and throughout Europe. While he continued to produce major chamber works and organ pieces, he also wrote such important orchestral compositions as the Variationen und Fuge uber ein lustiges Thema von J.A. Hiller, op. 100 (1907), the Violin Concerto, op. 101 (1907-1908), the Sympbonischer Prolog zu einer Tragodie, op. 108 (1908), the Piano Concerto, op. 114 (1910), and the Variationen und Fuge uber ein Thema von Mozart, op. 132 (1914). As a result, having been awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Jena in 1908, he composed his most distinguished sacred work, the Psalm C, op. 106 (1908-1909). He was called to Meiningen as conductor of the Court Orchestra in 1911, assuming the title Hofkapellmeister. He was also Generalmusikdirektor (1913-1914). He settled in Jena in 1915.

Max Reger was an extraordinarily gifted musician, widely respected as a composer, pianist, organist, conductor and teacher. A master of polyphonic and harmonic writing, he carried on the hallowed Classical and Romantic schools of composition. Although he wrote major works in nearly every genre, his music has not found a place of permanence in the repertoire.

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Max Reger : Sacred Songs for Mixed Voices : SATB : 01 Songbook : Max Reger : EP3984

Max Reger : Sacred Songs for Mixed Voices

Review: 8 Sacred Songs for a cappella mixed choir (4-8 voices)

Songlist: Der Mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit , Morgengesang "Du hoechstes Licht", Die Nacht ist kommen, d'rin wir ruhen sollen, Unser lieben Frauen Traum, In Gottes Namen fahren wir, Das Agnus Dei "O Lamm Gottes, Mit Gottes Hilfe sei unser Fahrt, Wir glauben an einen Gott

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5687b | Songbook $13.95 | SATB add item to cart


Max Reger : Three Songs for Women's Choir : SSAA : 01 Songbook : Max Reger : 48013875

Max Reger : Three Songs for Women's Choir

Review: Here are three compositions for female voices by the great German composers. Challenging and rewarding.

Songlist: Im Himmelreich ein Haus steht (In Heaven Doth a House Rise), Abendgang in Lenz (Evening Walk in Spring), Er ist's ('tis Spring).

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7432b | Songbook $7.95 | SSAA add item to cart


Consortium : Max Reger : 00  1 CD : Andrew-John Smith : Max Reger : 034571177625 : CDA67762

Consortium : Max Reger

Review: A second disc from new chamber choir Consortium, who were acclaimed for their disc of Brahms's secular partsongs. Although Reger's music has partly recovered from its deeply unfashionable reputation, much of this prolific composer's work still remains underperformed. This disc offers a chance to redress the balance, both by bringing to light an aspect of Reger's output that has been relatively neglected, and by demonstrating that the important influences on him were not just musical but literary. Like his near contemporaries, Mahler, Strauss, Wolf and Zemlinsky, Reger responded deeply and imaginatively to the German Romantic poetic tradition. The works recorded here set many of the same poets (and even some of the same poems) that were popular among his colleagues, with a sensitivity and intuitive understanding that belie Reger's reputation for stodgy academicism. Richard Stokes's comment, that 'Reger does not always lose out in comparison' (when he and Strauss set the same texts as Lieder), could apply equally well to his choral music.

Songlist: Der Einsiedler, Drei Sechsstimmige Chore, Schweigen, Abendied, Fruhlingblick, Drei Chore, Trost, Zur Nacht, Abendied, Drei Gesange, Im Himmerlreich ein Haus Steht, Abendgang im Lenz, Er Ist's, Palmsonntagmorgen, Requiem

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6180c | 1 CD $18.95 add item to cart English Choral CDs


Die Singphoniker : Singphonic Reger and Strauss  : 00  1 CD : Max Reger : 999966

Die Singphoniker : Singphonic Reger and Strauss

Review: The six German men who call themselves Die Singphoniker are virtuosos who specialize in very difficult pieces, from Gregorian chant to the Avantgarde, in this case bringing us some rarely-heard works of Romantic European music, partsongs by Richard Strauss and Max Reger. New interpreters of vocal chamber music of the 19th century, the group's success is measured in many awards and rave reviews: its last five CDs have received prizes. Included are 20 pieces, favorites are "Frohlich im Maien," "Hut du dich!," "Liebe op. 42,1," and Der Brauttanz op. 45,3" by Strauss; and "Liebchens Bote," Frohsinn op. 38,5," "Hochsommernacht op. 83,5" and "Minnelied op. 83,7" by Reger. Difficult, eclectic choral music, effortlessly and beautifully performed.

Songlist: Vor den Turen, Traumlicht, Frohlich im Maien, Hut du dich!, Der Gutzgauch, Liebe, Tummel dich, gut's Weinlein, Schwabische Erbschaft, Lied der Freundschaft, Der Brauttanz, Max Reger:, Liebchens Bote, Ausfahrt, Wie ist doch die Erde so schon, Frohsinn, Hell ins Fenster, Lieblich hat sich gesellet, Hochsommernacht, Ein gantz neu Schelmweys, Minnelied, Abschied

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7038c | 1 CD $15.98 add item to cart German Choral Music

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MAry's Cradle SongPaul KeeneMax RegerCalgary Girls ChoirGood Cheer 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Mary's Cradle SongPaul KeeneMax RegerBella Voce Young Women's ChoirBest of Bella 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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Morgengesang "Du hoechstes Licht"Max RegerMax RegerSacred Songs for Mixed VoicesSongbookMORE DETAILS 
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Singet Dem HerrnMax RegerConcordia ChoirIn The New Moon 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
stimmiger Chor a-cappellaMax RegerSWR Stuttgart Vocal EnsembleFour Centuries of Christmas Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The Virgin's Slumber SongMax RegerRichard WaltersClassical Singers Christmas - High VoiceSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS 
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The Virgin's Slumber SongMax RegerPatrick M. LiebergenFavorite Christmas Classics for Solo Singers - HighSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS 
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