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REGER, M: String Trios and Piano Quartets (Complete), Vol. 2 (Aperto Piano Quartet) - Piano Quartet, Op. 133 / String Trio, Op. 141b

Composer(s):Reger, Max
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570786
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This is the second of two discs of the complete piano quartets and string trios of Max Reger. The Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 133, completed during the first month of World War I, is a deeply expressive and intense work, using the full range of the instruments. Re-modelled from the Flute Serenade, Op. 141a, the graceful and melodic String Trio in D minor is altogether of a sunnier and lighter disposition. Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8.570785.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

In August I gave a warm welcome to the first of two discs containing Max Reger’s complete String Trios and Piano Quartets (8.570785). The second proves equally rewarding. Even in his short life Reger created a sizeable catalogue of chamber music, and showed in his two scores for string trio a total mastery of the idiom. The Second came from 1915, in the later part of his career, and though it shares with the earlier score a warmth of expression, there was now a sense of sadness in the opening allegro. The yearning theme establishes the second movement variations with a poignancy that is eventually offset by a finale where lightness of touch recalls Mendelssohn. The Piano Quartet stands somewhere between Brahms and Richard Strauss, but with a playful finale



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