Reger - Chorale Fantasies | MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm) MDG9201945

Reger - Chorale Fantasies


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Label: MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)

Cat No: MDG9201945

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th February 2016



Max Reger is regarded as the most important German composer of organ music since Johann Sebastian Bach. His chorale fantasias of magnificent scope have contributed significantly to his rank; without denying historical relations, they create an entirely new formal and harmonic dimension in music.

For his new release featuring all seven fantasias the Hungarian virtuoso Balázs Szabó has selected three outstanding instruments in Vienna, Giengen, and Zurich documenting the rapid development in modern organ design during Reger’s lifetime.

Szabó has carefully selected just the right instruments for Reger’s music. The Walcker organ in Vienna’s Votive Church has mechanical cone-valve chests and is from 1887. The organ by the Link Brothers from 1906 in Giengen and the Kuhn organ from 1914 in St. Anthony’s Church in Zurich have pneumatic cone-valve chests. Today this instrument also operates with the originally intended echo unit installed behind the altar.

Multichannel reproduction with 2+2+2 recording technology enables it to be heard advantageously from precisely this position and with very fine room effects.

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