Max Reger is regarded by many as the greatest German composer of organ music since Bach. On this ninth volume in Naxos' series, Josef Still, whose performances on Volume 4 were acclaimed as 'note perfect, lucid, flamboyant and sensitive in equal measu
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Max Reger for J.S. Bach Church Organ FansDec 23 2009
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Max Reger was Roman Catholic but spent much of his career in predominately Lutheran Leipzig, Germany. This recording is primarily of preludes on German Lutheran hymn tunes and these are very interesting to compare with J.S. Bach's preludes. The tour-de-force opening fantasia on Martin Luther's signature "Ein Feste Burg" (A Mighty Fortress) is a remarkable amplification of the hymn, stanza by stanza. The large Klais organ at Trier is an appropriate instrument for Reger's works. One wonders whether Bach would have composed in more dramatic fashion had he had access to organs such as this. Well played here, and a bargain.