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In both volume and artistic distinction there is little doubt that Reger was the greatest German composer for the organ since Bach. He relished Lutheran chorales and employed them freely, a sense of grandeur and gravity permeating his music for the instrument. The Suite No. 1 in E minor was completed in 1895, and admired by Brahms. Its four movements offer a compendium of Reger’s genius for both complexity and transparency. His later Suite No. 2 in G minor, cast in seven taut movements, similarly employs contrast, imitation and variety whilst ending in a glorious and triumphant Fugue.
Max Reger: Organ Suite No. 1 in E minor, Op. 16, "Den Manen J.S. Bachs"
I. Introduction and Fugue
II. Adagio assai
III. Intermezzo - Trio
Max Reger: Organ Suite No. 2 in G minor, Op. 92
IV. Basso ostinato
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