Johann & Max #1611
…a contrapuntal convergence honoring the births of Johann Sebastian Bach (3/21/1685) and Max Reger (3/19/1873).
BACH: 3 Chorale-preludes (Allein zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100; Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737; Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 1105) –Gerhard Weinberger (1767 Volckland/St. Boniface Church, Tröchtelborn) cpo 999 755
REGER: 3 Sacred Songs (Christ, deines Geistes Süssigkeit; Klage vor Gottes Leiden; Jesu Christ, wir warten dein), Op. 137, nos. 6, 11/12 –Klaus Martens, baritone; Martin Haselböck (1910 Sauer/Stadthalle Görlitz) NCA 60101-215
From the WQXR Online Comments Page: Sam Eisenstein, a listener from California wrote: “I know it's absurd, but I can't help but muse on what Bach might think of the ubiquity of his music, his influence, his omnipresence on our musical horizon, our scene. Nearly half a millennium after his death he is vibrantly alive as important or more so than he was in his own time. What kind of a brain could he have possessed to envision and produce the sounds that he did? Without electricity, running water, sanitation of any sort, even the writing instrument he employed would not work more than for a line or two. Hooray for the human spirit that can give us such a hero!!”