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Reger's Belle Époque Sonatas...Aug. 14 2007
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. One of the interesting things about Reger's oeuvre is its uniformity of ethos and expression. In other words, Reger was consistent in his content. Furthermore, his use of well-established forms--(e.g., string quartet and violin sonata)--are pleasing to enthusiasts of later-Romantic art music.
Withal, we have another offering here of Reger's works. Reger produced something like nine violin sonatas which--along with his cello sonatas, string quartets, piano trios, and a remarkable string sextet and clarinet quintet--though not nearly as "popular," can stand up to Brahms' achievement--to say nothing of Strauss' nor Pfitzner's.
This particular disc features Reger's Sonatas in C-major (1903), and f#-minor (1905). The works themselves contain Reger's usual game: highly pressurized initial movements; humourous scherzi; expanded, heavenly largos--(for his slow movements, Reger usually preferred the ultra-slow largo over the more commonly relaxed adagio or andante); and theme with variations.
See too Reger: The String Quartets; Clarinet Quintet ; Sonatas for Cello & Piano ; Reger: Complete Works for 2 Pianos ; Reger: Chamber Music, Vol. 5 ; Max Reger: String Quartets Op. 109 & Op. 121 - Joachim Quartett .
Reger: Complete String Quartets Max Reger: Cello Sonatas 1 & 4 Cello Sonatas 2 & 3 Reger: Complete Works for Violin Reger: Piano Trios