Reger Remembered #1619
…in commemoration of the centenary of the death of Bach's greatest admirer, Johann Baptist Joseph Maximillian Reger (1873-1916).
REGER: Chorale-prelude, Lobt Gott, ihr Christen alle gleich, Op.67. no. 23 –Max Reger (1914 Welte/Mechanical Organ Museum, Seewen, Switzerland) Oehms 847
REGER: Choral Cantata No. 4, Meinem Jesum lass ich nicht –Baylor University Chamber Singers/Alan Raines, conductor; Kristen Mortensen, violin; Kathryn Steely, viola; Gary Mortenson, trumpet; Isabelle Demers, organist
Attention! You can link to scores of every piece on this program and follow the music as it plays!
The second-hour’s performances feature the McLane Organ (1993 Petty-Madden) in Jones Concert Hall at Baylor University, recorded during a Pipedreams Live! event in Waco, TX (r. 1/24/16). Thanks to audio engineer Rick Carpenter.
Though there are many other recommendable recordings of Reger’s music on instruments of every imaginable kind, Baylor University faculty organist Isabelle Demers has impressively recorded all seven of Reger’s mighty chorale-fantasies on the Aeolian-Skinner organ (Opus 1024) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo, TX (Acis 1901).
For more information about this remarkably prolific composer, check out the resources of the Max-Reger-Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the Max Reger Foundation.