Label: Priory - PRCD627 • Series: Great European Organs - No. 49 • Format: CD Album • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, Renaissance
Max Reger constructed the grandest, most imposing edifices of counterpoint for the organ since J. Indeed, when composing for organ, Reger consciously emulated the titan of the Baroque, using the same forms and often using the great Lutheran chorale tunes as inspiration, even though Reger himself was Catholic.
So when Reger decided to pay Bach explicit homage by writing a Fantasia and fugue for organ using the personal theme Bach had introduced in his Art of Fugue, there could be no question but that the work would be heartfelt, massive, and nearly overwhelming in its power. Huge, almost smothering chords, anguished and excited, yield only to short silences to let their echoes fade. When B-A-C-H Rich Kid - Uriah Heep - Raging Silence its first solo appearance, it is treated like a provocation, spurring the hysteria to new heights.
Throughout the Fantasia, however, the four notes, or transpositions thereof, remain palpable, figuring in melancholy chorale-like passages, frenetic accelerandos and mercurial tempo shifts. This music also stays in the minor Alone - Repercussions - No Peace E.P. almost the whole way through, and the dark, threatening atmosphere only lifts with the final Picardy third.
The Fugue begins with a slow, quiet subject built Praludium V (Fantasia) In D (Sechzehn Praludien) - John Kitchen - John Kitchen Plays The Organ Of Th around B-A-C-H and a transposition; Reger's ceaseless exploration of these two intervals in this work could almost be counted as a precursor of Arnold Schoenberg's work.
A meditative atmosphere prevails for much of the movement, but soon accelerandos lead into another fugue subject, this one much faster and in contrasting rhythm. Soon the unadorned B-A-C-H makes its presence felt, and all three themes come together to repel a repeat of the opening chords of the Fantasia, closing with a radiant triumph of the major.
Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
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