Reger's Piano Concerto is his great work. It is so much greater than the Mozart Variations that get played more often, that it is not even close. The Piano Concerto shows the strong edge of Germanic culture that was later destroyed by the disaster of WWI. This concerto indicates that at least in part there was something non-decadent in that culture, though there was surely plenty that was opposite. Gerhard Oppitz gives a virtual performance of a lifetime, though all his recordings are very fine. In Oppitz's hands this work sound not a shred less than he greatness of a Brahms concerto. And Horst Stein, he of myriad long-forgotten "grocery store" lps, gives a a Spenglarian accompaniment. An amazing recording. So much better than any other, even Barry Douglas' fantastic live ones, that it is almost incredible.