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REGER, M: String Trios and Piano Quartets (Complete), Vol. 1 (Aperto Piano Quartet) - String Trio, Op. 77b / Piano Quartet, Op. 113

Composer(s):Reger, Max
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570785
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The first of two discs containing the complete piano quartets and string trios of Max Reger, this release features the String Trio in A minor of 1904, a work of almost Mozartian clarity and the 1910 Piano Quartet in D minor. Modelled on Brahms’s C minor Piano Quartet, Reger’s Quartet is a deeply expressive and intense work, with an often grotesque sense of humour. The composer himself described the Vivace second movement as a “crazy Scherzo”.


Review By Fono Forum,February 2009


Review By David Denton, Naxos,August 2008

The name of Max Reger now largely resides in the organ loft, though in a short life affected by alcohol, he wrote in most genres, his desire to continue where Brahms and Schumann left off clearly shown in his robust catalogue of chamber works. He certainly mastered the art of writing for String Trio, the format that can so easily become a watered-down string quartet. Here it has warmth, strength and the most readily attractive melodic invention, the sombre Larghetto offset by the short and vivacious scherzo and bold final allegro. It came from 1904, mid-way through his short compositional career, while the Piano Quartet marks the culmination of his maturity in 1910. It was while preparing the Brahms C minor Piano Quartet for performance that the idea came to mind to write one of his



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