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Michael Quinn
Choir & Organ, November 2014

Barthen’s playing…is intelligent and involving throughout; an accomplished conclusion to a commendable series. © 2014 Choir & Organ

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2014

Turn the clock back a decade and more, and Naxos embarked on the first volume of Max Reger’s complete organ works. Now with volume 16 it reaches its conclusion. This final release sweeps up the ‘bits and pieces’, and is filled out by his arrangement of two works by Bach. This release opens with Three Organ Pieces completed when he was twenty and still a student. The excellent sleeve notes suggest they were imbued with the spirit of Bach, though a personal harmonic style is already showing. For the organ student the adaptation by Reger and Straube of Bach’s Method of Trio Playing is to make the 15 Inventions even more challenging. In Christian Barthen we have a model of dexterity and clarity throughout the disc, Reger’s own Prelude and Fugues here receiving his fulsome treatment, the Rieger-Sauer Organ in Fulda Cathedral snarling with a red-blooded quality that is spine-tingling. Excellent sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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