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MAX REGER

Reger enjoys a particularly high reputation among organists, to whose repertoire he made important additions. Born in Bavaria, he was a pupil of the important theorist Hugo Riemann and taught at the University of Leipzig before his appointment as conductor of the Meiningen Court Orchestra in 1911. In addition to his activities as a teacher, conductor and composer, he was also a pianist and organist.

Orchestral Music

Among a variety of orchestral works, including a Piano Concerto and a Violin Concerto, Reger’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, an arrangement of his work of the same title for two pianos, shows, typically, a resourceful and sometimes complex use of the theme on which it is based.

Chamber Music

Reger wrote a considerable amount of chamber music of all kinds, including a number of violin sonatas and other duo sonatas, as well as string quartets and works for other groups of players. While of interest, nothing of this has become a part of popular repertoire, either for players or audiences.

Vocal and Choral Music

Among choral compositions by Reger the eight Geistliche Gesänge (‘Spiritual Songs’), Op. 138 have proved particularly moving. Once again, however, his choral works and songs have failed to achieve any significant position in performing repertoire.

Piano Music

Reger wrote a number of short piano pieces. His Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132a for two pianos, is probably the best known of his compositions for piano. Other sets of variations include Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 for two pianos, and Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach, Op. 81 and Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Telemann, Op. 134 for one piano.

Organ Music

Reger’s organ music offers a considerable challenge to performers and some works are said to have been composed as just such a challenge to his friend, the organist Karl Straube. Notable organ works include chorale fantasias on Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott and other Lutheran chorale tunes. His compositions for organ include a Fantasia and Fugue on B-A-C-H.

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 8 - REGER, M. Oehms Classics
OC847
Instrumental

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Orchestral
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SONGS (Bavarian Radio Chorus) Oehms Classics
OC535
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
ANGEL VOICES - The Boys' Choirs Christmas Celebration Capriccio
C7069
Vocal
BACH / BARTH / REGER: Violin Music Cedille
CDR90000-060
Instrumental
BACH, J.S.: Cantata, BWV 137 / REGER, M.: Organ Music / Sacred Songs (400 Jahre Marianische Mannerkongregation) Oehms Classics
OC773
Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
BLACKWOOD / REGER: Clarinet Sonatas Cedille
CDR90000-022
Chamber Music
BRAHMS / RHEINBERGER / SCHUMANN / REGER: Organ Works Oehms Classics
OC543
Instrumental
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 1 Oehms Classics
OC840
Instrumental
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 2 - A Christmas Voyage Oehms Classics
OC842
Instrumental
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 7 Oehms Classics
OC846
Instrumental
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 8 - REGER, M. Oehms Classics
OC847
Instrumental
Choral Concert: Malmo Chamber Choir - SCHUTZ, H. / BRAHMS, J. / HJELMBORG, B. / LIDHOLM, I. / EDLUND, L. (Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 5) (Laudi) Naxos
8.572388
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - REGER, M. / TOBIAS, R. (Vivit!) (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Reuss) Ondine
ODE1221-2
Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
Christmas Choral Concert: Regensburg Cathedral Choir - LUTZEL, J.H. / PACHELBEL, J. / HANDL, J. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / BRAHMS, J. / BRITTEN, B. Capriccio
C10838
Vocal
CHRISTMAS Ett barn ar fott - Julsanger fran hela varlden Naxos
8.554490
Choral - Sacred
Christmas from a Golden Age (1925-1950) Naxos Historical
8.110296
Vocal
CHRISTMAS IN SWEDEN BIS
BIS-CD-1179
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS Julstamning - De klassiska melodierna och de alskade sangerna (Christmas Spirit - The Classic Melodies and Beloved Songs) Naxos
8.503157
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION Capriccio
C7073
Vocal, Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-177
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS PIANO MUSIC Naxos
8.553461
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Dresdner Kreuzchor, Flamig) Capriccio
C10874
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Star Over Bethlehem: Choral Jewels for Christmas Naxos
8.555049
Choral - Sacred
CLASSIC MOODS - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / DVORAK, A. / GRIEG, E. / DELIBES, L. / BRAHMS, J. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / MAHLER, G. Capriccio
C18407
Orchestral
Double Bass and Piano Recital: Sciascia, Stefano / Leonardi, David Giovanni - MASSENET, J. / FAURÉ, G. / POULENC, P. / ROSSINI, G. (Élégie) Newton Classics
NC8802214
Chamber Music
GERMAN ROMANTIC CHRISTMAS (Frohlocket ihr Volker auf Erden) (Munich Bach Choir, Albrecht) Oehms Classics
OC924
Choral - Sacred
GOT A MINUTE? - Paraphrases on Chopin's "Minute Waltz" and Other Works BIS
BIS-CD-1083
Instrumental
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN - Vol. 4. The Modern Age (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102153
Classical Documentary
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN (4 DVD set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107508
Classical Documentary
JACOB / ATTERBERG: Horn Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-376
Orchestral
KING'S SINGERS (THE): From Byrd to the Beatles (PAL) Arthaus Musik
101248
Classical Concert
LANZA, Mario: The Christmas Album (1950-1952) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120720
Nostalgia
LISZT: Weihnachtsbaum / REGER: Maria Wiegenlied BIS
BIS-CD-1164
Instrumental
MASTERPIECES FOR CHOIR BIS
BIS-CD-148
Choral - Sacred
OD (Orphei Drangar) Highlights BIS
BIS-CD-383
Choral - Secular
ORFF / GENZMER / REGER / BUCHENBERG / REGNER: Choral Works Oehms Classics
OC531
Choral - Sacred
Organ Music - PRAETORIUS, H. / HOFHAIMER, P. / HASSLER, H.L. / GABRIELI, A. / BULL, J. / SCHEIDT, S. / KOTTER, H. / SCHEIDEMANN, H. / BUXTEHUDE, D. Capriccio
C49444
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Barta, Ales - BACH, J.S. / BUXTEHUDE, D. / PACHELBEL, J. / BRAHMS, J. / REGER, M. (The Best of German Organ Music) ArcoDiva
UP0016-2
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Brembeck, Christian - CORELLI, A. / BACH, J.S. / KREBS, J.L. / KARG-ELERT, S. / REGER, M. (Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele) Oehms Classics
OC419
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Gotz, Andreas - BRUCKNER, A. / GOLLER, V. / LISZT, F. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / REGER, M. (An Organ Treasure) Oehms Classics
OC622
Instrumental
Organ Recital: REGER, M. / FRANCK, C. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / RITTER, A.G. / LISZT, F. (Romantic Music for Organ) (Dalitz) Capriccio
C10148
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Timothy Olsen Naxos
8.557218
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Zukriegel, Gerhard - HOFHAIMER, P. / MUFFAT, G. / MOZART, W.A. / SCHMIDT, F. / BRESGEN, C. / REGER, M. (Famous European Organs) Capriccio
C10357
Instrumental
Organ Showpieces from St. Paul's Cathedral Naxos
8.550955
Instrumental
ORGANS ACROSS THE BALTIC BIS
BIS-CD-193
Instrumental
Piano Duo Arrangements - BACH, J.S. / SWEELINCK, J.P. / BUXTEHUDE, D. / MOZART, W.A. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / BRAHMS, J. (Staemmler, Thomas) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix134
Instrumental
Piano Duo Recital: Buccheri, Elizabeth / Boldrey, Richard – ONSLOW, G. / REGER, M. / WAGNER, R. / LISZT, F. / GRIEG, E. / BALAKIREV, M.A. Cedille
CDR7002
Instrumental
Piano Duo Recital: Klavierduo Eckerle - RIHM, W. / DVORAK, A. / KARG-ELERT, S. / REGER, M. (Walzer) Naxos
8.551275
Instrumental
REGER, M.: 4 Sonatas for Unaccompanied Violin, Vol. 2 - Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6 (Mathe) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90212
Instrumental
REGER, M.: 6 Pieces, Op. 94 / 6 Burlesken, Op. 58 / Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, Op. 86 (Works for Piano Duo) (Duo d'Accord) Oehms Classics
OC353
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Ballettsuite (Eine) / PFITZNER, H.: Overtures (Schrader, Pfitzner, Rother) (1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80732
Orchestral
REGER, M.: Christmas Organ Music (Nun freut euch, liebe Christen) (Feller) Oehms Classics
OC644
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Clarinet Sonatas, Opp. 49 and 107 (J. Hilton, J. Fichert) Naxos
8.572173
Chamber Music
REGER, M.: Orchestral Works (Norrkoping Symphony, L. Segerstam) BIS
BIS-9047
Orchestral, Concertos
REGER, M.: Organ Sonata No. 2 / VIERNE, L.: Organ Symphony No. 6 (Craighead) Delos
DE3096
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Buttmann) Oehms Classics
OC851
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Buttmann) Oehms Classics
OC852
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 1 - 10 Pieces for Organ / Preludes and Fugues (B. Haas) Naxos
8.553926
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 2 - Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E Minor / 9 Organ Pieces / Choral Preludes (Lohmann) Naxos
8.553927
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 3 - Fantasia and Fugue on the name of B-A-C-H / 12 Organ Pieces / Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor (H.-J. Kaiser) Naxos
8.554207
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 4 - Chorale Fantasia on Wie schon leucht uns der Morgenstern / Organ Pieces (J. Still) Naxos
8.555905
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 5 - Organ Sonata No. 2 / 12 Organ Pieces / Chorale Fantasia on Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (S. Frank) Naxos
8.557186
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 6 - Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme / 6 Trios (Welzel) Naxos
8.557338
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 7 - Symphonic Fantasia and Fugue / 7 Organ Pieces (E. Krapp) Naxos
8.557891
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 8 - Chorale Fantasia on Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott / Little Chorale Preludes, Nos. 11-30 (Welzel) Naxos
8.570455
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 9 - Variations and Fugue on Heil, unserm Konig Heil / 12 Pieces, Op. 65: Nos. 1-6 / Chorale Preludes (Still) Naxos
8.570454
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 10 - 52 Easy Chorale Preludes, Op. 67: Nos. 39-52 / Chorale Fantasia Freu' dich sehr, o meine Seele (Welzel) Naxos
8.570960
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 11 - Chorale Preludes, Op. 79b / 12 Pieces, Op. 80: Nos. 1-6 and 9-12 (H.-J. Kaiser) Naxos
8.572466
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 12 - Organ Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (Sturm) Naxos
8.572821
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 13 - Monologe: Nos. 7-12 / Organ Sonata No. 1 / Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor (Barthen) Naxos
8.572906
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 14 - 5 Easy Preludes and Fugues / 52 Easy Chorale Preludes: Nos. 1-15 (Still) Naxos
8.572907
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 15 - 52 Easy Chorale Preludes: Nos. 16-35 / Monologe: Nos. 1-4 / Postludium in D minor (Rübsam) Naxos
8.572908
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 16 - 3 Pieces, Op. 7 / Schule des Triospiels (Barthen) Naxos
8.572909
Instrumental
REGER, M.: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart / 4 Tondichtungen nach Arnold Bocklin (Bromsel, Dresden Philharmonic, Weigle) Capriccio
C71118
Orchestral
REGER, M.: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart / 4 Tondichtungen nach Arnold Bocklin (Weigle) Capriccio
C10307
Orchestral
REGER, M.: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 101 / Chaconne (Schmid) Ondine
ODE1203-2
Concertos, Instrumental
REGER, M.: Violin Sonatas - Nos. 2, 4, 7 (Mathe) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90175
Instrumental
REGER, M: String Trios and Piano Quartets (Complete), Vol. 1 (Aperto Piano Quartet) - String Trio, Op. 77b / Piano Quartet, Op. 113 Naxos
8.570785
Chamber Music
REGER, M: String Trios and Piano Quartets (Complete), Vol. 2 (Aperto Piano Quartet) - Piano Quartet, Op. 133 / String Trio, Op. 141b Naxos
8.570786
Chamber Music
REGER: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 146 / String Quartet, Op. 109 Naxos
8.554510
Chamber Music
REGER: Improvisationen / Humoresken / Traume am Kamin Naxos
8.553331
Instrumental
REGER: Mozart Variations / Symphonic Prologue to a Tragedy BIS
BIS-CD-771
Orchestral
REGER: Mozart Variations Op. 132 / Hiller Variations Op. 100 Naxos
8.553079
Orchestral
REGER: Piano Concerto, Op. 114 / Suite im alten Stil BIS
BIS-CD-711
Orchestral, Concertos
REGER: Romance for Viola and Piano / Three Suites for Viola / Viola Sonata BIS
BIS-CD-1211
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
REGER: Six Piano Pieces / Silhouetten / Blatter und Bluten Naxos
8.550932
Instrumental
REGER: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Ludwig van Beethoven / 4 Bocklin Tone Pictures BIS
BIS-CD-601
Orchestral
ROGG PLAYS REGER BIS
BIS-CD-242
Instrumental
SCHUMANN, R.: Humoreske, Op. 20 / REGER: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach Naxos
8.550469
Instrumental
SCHUMANN, R.: Humoreske, Op. 20 / REGER: Variations and Fugue, Op. 81 Marco Polo
8.220408
Instrumental
SHOSTAKOVICH / HINDEMITH: Viola Sonatas / REGER: Suite No. 1 for Solo Viola BIS
BIS-CD-81
Instrumental
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE PACIFIC WEST: Carols Altissimo
75442262562
Vocal
VIOLIN LULLABIES Cedille
CDR90000-139
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Bernhard, Susanne – DVORAK, A. / WOLF, H. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / REGER, M. Oehms Classics
OC806
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Groop, Monica - Christmas Carols and Arias (Loista joulun tahtonen!) Ondine
ODE857-2
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Weikl, Bernd - LISZT, F. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / WOLF, H. (Romantic Songs for Baritone and Organ) Capriccio
C10092
Vocal
Waltzing Cat Naxos International
8.990011
Orchestral
WEBERN, A.: 6 Pieces, Op. 6 / REGER, M.: Eine romantische Suite / SCHOENBERG, A.: 6 Orchester-Lieder (Nold, Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C10865
Chamber Music
Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls, Vol. 3 (1905-1926) Naxos Historical
8.110679
Instrumental

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