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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”.
Max Reger: String Trio in A minor, Op. 77b
I. Sostenuto - Allegro agitato
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Allegro con moto
Max Reger: Piano Quartet in D minor, Op. 113
I. Allegro moderato (ma con passione)
II. Vivace - Adagio - Vivace
IV. Allegro energico
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