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Markus Becker|Reger: Piano Concerto & Solo works

Reger: Piano Concerto & Solo works

Markus Becker, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Joshua Weilerstein

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Back when Reger was writing his Piano Concerto, 1910, Debussy was working on La Mer and Stravinsky his Firebird. Vienna was becoming the crucible of the new dodecaphonism style. Reger kept his distance from all these tendencies, preferring to explore his own path, which, while sometimes difficult, was always marked by polyphony and counterpoint. His music's architecture was always made up of self-contained cells, like a kind of careful patchwork in which the various elements didn't always seem to relate to each other. Just listen (or re-listen, rather) carefully to the Concerto and you will get a taste of this juxtaposition of modernity with a desire to remain rooted in the past. Markus Becker (who recorded all of Reger's solo piano works over twenty years) rounds off the collection with the Épisodes, written in the same year as the Concerto, but in an almost-miniaturist style – which just goes to show that all of Reger's work isn't marked by gigantism as these pieces all clock in at three or four minutes each. In them, the composer returns to the path of his great inspirations: the later Brahms and Beethoven's final works including the Bagatelles. © SM/Qobuz

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1
Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 114: I. Allegro moderato (Live)
Joshua Weilerstein
00:17:23

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Joshua Weilerstein, Conductor, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock, MusicPublisher

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Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 114: II. Largo con gran espressione (Live)
Joshua Weilerstein
00:10:11

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Joshua Weilerstein, Conductor, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock, MusicPublisher

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Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 114: III. Allegretto con spirito (Live)
Joshua Weilerstein
00:09:56

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestra, MainArtist - Joshua Weilerstein, Conductor, MainArtist - Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock, MusicPublisher

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Episoden, Op. 115: I. Andante
Markus Becker
00:03:40

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - Breitkopf & Härtel, MusicPublisher

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Episoden, Op. 115: II. Andantino con moto
Markus Becker
00:03:15

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - Breitkopf & Härtel, MusicPublisher

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Episoden, Op. 115: III. Allegretto
Markus Becker
00:03:30

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - Breitkopf & Härtel, MusicPublisher

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Episoden, Op. 115: IV. Andante sostenuto
Markus Becker
00:04:16

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - Breitkopf & Härtel, MusicPublisher

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Episoden, Op. 115: V. Larghetto
Markus Becker
00:05:13

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - Breitkopf & Härtel, MusicPublisher

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9
Lose Blaetter, Op. 13: XII. Choral
Markus Becker
00:01:31

Max Reger, Composer - Markus Becker, Soloist, MainArtist - Breitkopf & Härtel, MusicPublisher

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Album Description

Back when Reger was writing his Piano Concerto, 1910, Debussy was working on La Mer and Stravinsky his Firebird. Vienna was becoming the crucible of the new dodecaphonism style. Reger kept his distance from all these tendencies, preferring to explore his own path, which, while sometimes difficult, was always marked by polyphony and counterpoint. His music's architecture was always made up of self-contained cells, like a kind of careful patchwork in which the various elements didn't always seem to relate to each other. Just listen (or re-listen, rather) carefully to the Concerto and you will get a taste of this juxtaposition of modernity with a desire to remain rooted in the past. Markus Becker (who recorded all of Reger's solo piano works over twenty years) rounds off the collection with the Épisodes, written in the same year as the Concerto, but in an almost-miniaturist style – which just goes to show that all of Reger's work isn't marked by gigantism as these pieces all clock in at three or four minutes each. In them, the composer returns to the path of his great inspirations: the later Brahms and Beethoven's final works including the Bagatelles. © SM/Qobuz

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