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REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 8 - Chorale Fantasia on Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott / Little Chorale Preludes, Nos. 11-30 (Welzel)

Composer(s):Reger, Max
Artist(s) Welzel, Martin, organ
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570455
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Max Reger is regarded by many as the greatest German composer of organ music since Bach. The eighth volume of his organ works (earlier releases are available on Naxos 8.553926, 8.553927, 8.554207, 8.555905, 8.557186, 8.557338 and 8.557891) includes the monumental and demanding Chorale Fantasia on ‘Ein feste Burg’ and the popular Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor.


Review By Friedrich Sprondel,Fono Forum,September 2008

Die Klais-Orgel im Trierer Dom, ebenso jung wie die Passauerin, klingt auch brilliant, aber eleganter und wendiger. Zwar ist auch sie kein romantisches Instrument, doch beweist Martin Welzel in den Folgen 6 [8.557338] und 8 [8.570455] im Umgang mit ihren Klängen seinen Sinn für sinfonisches Format und Zusammenhang großer Werke wie der Fantasien über "Ein feste Burg" und "Alle Menschen müssen sterben". Respekt nötigt seine Interpretation der Variationen fis-Moll op. 73 ab: Das schwierige Großwerk erklingt in seltener klanglicher und agogischer Geschlossenheit, der


Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2008

I always relate Reger’s organ works to the symphonies of Bruckner, both sharing that feeling of creating great cathedrals of music.



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