ClassicsOnline Home » REGER, M.: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart / SCHUMANN: Conzertstuck for 4 Horns (Blomstedt) (Staatskapelle Dresden Edition, Vol. 12)
This CD unites works of composers with a relationship to Dresden. Max Reger - unfortunately much underrated today - is given a most beautiful interpretation in his Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart by Blomstedt and the Staatskapelle Dresden. The music unfolds in an absolutely natural way and even in the massive climaxes, the orchestra never sounds "thick", as in quite a few other interpretations.
The same interprets have performed in 1979 (?) this work at the Lucerne Music Festival. Unfortunately I could not be there, however, I remember the critics were full of praise and were talking about a magic moment of this festival. Schumann's Konzertstück for 4 Horns is given an exhilarating performance by the Staatskapelle and her Horn quartet, which is in all aspects outstanding.
The same applies to Weber's Oberon Overture. Its hushed beginning is in a class by its own - romantic music at its very best!
Naumann's Te Deum - a novelty to me - rightly deserves such an outstanding performance - it is truly memorable music! In my opinion this is one of the best CDs I have heard in the last years - simply perfect!more....