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Title - 'Max Reger: Orchestral Edition'
Artist - Max Reger

Now released on June 29th, 2018 via Deutsche Grammophon, they now present an expanded 12CD Box-Set reissue of the critically acclaimed Reger Edition on the DG-owned KOCH-Schwann label.

The most comprehensive edition of Reger’s orchestral works this expanded reissue includes many definitive Reger interpretations by the legendary conductor Horst Stein and the Hamburger Symphoniker as well as this the first CD release of "Gesang der Verklärten" Op.71.

And, for those not in the classical know, Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger (19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916), commonly known as Max Reger, was a German composer, pianist, organist, conductor, and academic teacher.

He worked as a concert pianist, as a musical director at the Leipzig University Church, as a professor at the Royal Conservatory in Leipzig, and as a music director at the court of Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen.

Reger first composed mainly Lieder, chamber music, choral music and works for piano and organ. He later turned to orchestral compositions, such as the popular Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart, and to works for choir and orchestra such as Gesang der Verklärten (1903), Der 100. Psalm (1909), Der Einsiedler and the Hebbel Requiem (both 1915).

Reger's art was one of perpetual creative celebration and his orchestral output defies any easy categorization. Reger was a remarkable musical innovator yet a traditionalist at heart.

Like his beloved Bach, he had one foot in the past, and one securely in the future: Schoenberg was an active champion. Reproached for the density of his instrumentation and ambiguously thick textures, Reger's work could also be extraordinarily subtle: he was a master of silences and impressionistic suggestion.

This anthology of recordings provides a unique record of Max Reger’s varied, idiosyncratic and complex orchestral output. Released in the wake of the centenary of the composer’s death, it is long overdue survey of his œuvre, and is the most comprehensive edition of his orchestral works.

The stunning works included here on this wondrous 12CD Box-Set include:

Reger: Symphonic Prologue to a Tragedy, Op. 108
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Gerd Albrecht

Reger: Romances, Op. 50
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Uros Lajovic; Hans Maile (violin)

Reger: Eine romantische Suite, Op. 125
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Gerd Albrecht

Reger: Tone Poems (4) after Arnold Böcklin, Op. 128
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Gerd Albrecht

Reger: Variations and Fugue on a theme of Johann Adam Hiller Op. 100
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Eine Ballettsuite, Op. 130
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Variations and Fugue for Orchestra on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 132
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Variationen und Fuge über ein Thema von Beethoven Op. 86
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Suite im alten Stil, Op. 93
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Serenade G-Dur Op. 95
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Concerto for orchestra 'Im alten Stil', Op. 123
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Sinfonietta in A major, Op. 90
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Lustspielouverture Op. 120
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Symphonic Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op.147
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 103a
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein; Walter Forchert (violin); arr. violin & orchestra

Reger: Scherzino for String Orchestra and Horn
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein; Marie-Luise Neunecker (horn)

Reger: Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 114
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein; Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Reger: Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 101
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein; Walter Forchert (violin)

Reger: Requiem, Op. 144b
NDR-Chor, NDR-Sinfonieorchester; Roland Bader; Marga Höffgen (contralto)

Reger: Kyrie Eleison (from Requiem, WoO V / 9)
NDR-Chor, NDR-Sinfonieorchester; Roland Bader; Yoko Kawahara (soprano), Marga Höffgen (contralto), Hans-Dieter Bader (tenor), Nikolaus Hillebrand (bass)

Reger: Dies Irae (from Requiem WoO V / 9)
NDR-Chor, NDR-Sinfonieorchester; Roland Bader; Yoko Kawahara (soprano), Marga Höffgen (contralto), Hans-Dieter Bader (tenor), Nikolaus Hillebrand (bass)

Reger: Gesang der Verklärten, Op.71
NDR-Chor, NDR-Sinfonieorchester; Roland Bader; Lioba Braun (mezzo-soprano)

Reger: Die Weihe der Nacht, Op.119
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein Fritz Walter-Lindquist (piano)

Reger: Psalm 100
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein Ursula Kunz, (contralto)

Reger: Weihegesang, WoO V / 6
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Die Nonnen, Op. 112
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Glück, Op. 76 No. 16
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Mittag, Op. 76 No. 35
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Glückes genug, Op. 37 No 3
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Wiegenlied, Op. 43 No. 5
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Des Kindes Gebet, Op. 76 No. 22
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Mariä Wiegenlied, Op. 76 No. 52
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Aeolsharfe, Op. 75 No. 11
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Gesänge (5), Op. 198: No. 1. Aus den Himmelsaugen
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Lieder (4), Op. 97: No. 1 Das Dorf
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Flieder, Op. 35 No. 4
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Mein Traum, Op. 31 No. 5
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: Reinheit, Op. 62 No. 11 Fromm
Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein

Reger: An die Hoffnung, Op. 124
Bamberger Symphoniker; Horst Stein; Lioba Braun (mezzo-soprano)

Produced with the support of the Max Reger Institute and featuring definitive interpretations by Horst Stein and the Bamberger Symphoniker and includes recordings made in co-operation with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Deutschland Radio (formerly RIAS).

Having been a "fan" of Max Reger's work for the past 20 years or so, I can honestly say that like most of the greatest German composers, Reger isn't primarily about melody; he's about harmony, counterpoint, and structure.

Think Bach or Beethoven or Bruckner. Yes, there are 'melodies' in their large-scale works and you can hum them or whistle them or whatever. But the real purpose of their art is the large-scale construction of forms for which those melodies -- often only 3 or 4 intervals, really -- serve as bricks serve for a mason.

To be sure, Reger has melodies and many of them are quite beautiful, gorgeous even. But their purpose is architectural; they are used not as ends in themselves but as elements of construction, to be assembled, dis-assembled, fragmented, whatever.

Despite these difficulties, if you give Reger more than a few chances, his music can grab you. And if a composer like Brahms is one of your favorites, Reger's language can quickly strike you as Reger himself felt it to be: a logical extension of Brahms's musical language.

He was one of three great Austro-German Romantic composers working in the years just before World War One, the others being Mahler and Richard Strauss.

Outside Germany, he is still little more than a name in the music history books, but an important name given his influence on a host of later composers and performers, including Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Alban Berg, George Szell, Adolf Busch, and Carl Schuricht.

But he and his music deserve better than an honorable reputation. I adore his music and believe that several compositions included here on Max Reger: Orchestral Edition are masterpieces of the first rank.

This incredible 12CD box-set also includes the musical contributions of: Hans Maile (violin), Walter Forchert (violin), Marie-Luise Neunecker (horn), Gerhard Oppitz (piano), Marga Höffgen (contralto), Yoko Kawahara (soprano), Hans-Dieter Bader (tenor), Nikolaus Hillebrand (bass), Lioba Braun (mezzo-soprano), Fritz Walter-Lindquist (piano), and Ursula Kunz (contralto).

• The most comprehensive edition of Reger’s orchestral works – an expanded reissue of the critically acclaimed and much sought-after Reger Edition on the Koch-Schwann label
• Includes many definitive Reger interpretations by the legendary conductor Horst Stein and his Bamberger Symphoniker – an orchestra with a special relationship to Reger’s œuvre and located close to Reger’s hometown.
• First CD release of "Gesang der Verklärten" Op.71
• Booklet includes an essay by the renowned Reger authority Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp, co-director of the Max Reger Institute, Karlsruhefull; and a chronological list of works.

Official 'Max Reger: Orchestral Edition' 12CD Box-Set Purchase Link

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