Personalities | Max Reger | Late Romantic | Classical

(Maks Ra’-ger) 1873–1916
German composer

A student of Hugo Riemann (1849–1919), Reger bridged the divide between nineteenth-century Brahmsian academicism and Liszt’s ‘New German School’, with music that combined Bachian counterpoint and Wagnerian chromaticism. Reger was among the most frequently performed composers at Schoenberg’s Society for Private Musical Performance. After army service, he worked in Munich (1901) then as a professor at the Leipzig Conservatory (1907), where his pupils included Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck (1886–1957) and conductor George Szell (1897–1970). His notable works include the lyrical Psalm 100 (1908–09), ingenious and elaborate orchestral variations on themes by Mozart and Hiller, and much chamber and organ music.

Recommended Recording:
Serenade, Suite im alten Stil, Bamberg SO (cond) Horst Stein (Koch-Schwann)

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