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Reger: Piano Concerto & Solo works

Markus Becker, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Joshua Weilerstein

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Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 114  
I. Allegro moderato (Live)
Max Reger; Markus Becker; Joshua Weilerstein; NDR Radiophilharmonie
II. Largo con gran espressione (Live)
Max Reger; Markus Becker; Joshua Weilerstein; NDR Radiophilharmonie
III. Allegretto con spirito (Live)
Max Reger; Markus Becker; Joshua Weilerstein; NDR Radiophilharmonie
Episoden, Op. 115  
I. Andante
Max Reger; Markus Becker
II. Andantino con moto
Max Reger; Markus Becker
III. Allegretto
Max Reger; Markus Becker
IV. Andante sostenuto
Max Reger; Markus Becker
V. Larghetto
Max Reger; Markus Becker
Lose Blaetter, Op. 13  
XII. Choral
Max Reger; Markus Becker
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:55
"I’ve been playing and studying Reger’s piano music for a long time now. In the 1990s, not long
after graduation, I recorded his complete works for solo piano. Ever since then, I’ve been featuring
Reger frequently in my recitals: not only solo piano pieces, but chamber music including violin,
clarinet and cello sonatas, the works for two pianos, piano trios, quartets, and Lieder. Reger
composed an impressive quantity of music in almost all genres.

Of course I’ve been familiar with the Piano Concerto for a long time, but I only recorded it for the
first time live in January 2017. That is the source for the recording on this album. To be honest, at
first I had my doubts about this piece. So many notes, all the dense chords, and rapid changes of
register –daunting leaps across the keyboard! – along with extreme dynamics (pppp and ffff). We
already encounter that kind of superabundance elsewhere in Reger, but here he takes it to the
extreme. The 'full' piano is usually playing in tandem with the full orchestra. In our rehearsals,
Joshua Weilerstein, the Radio Philharmonic and I were constantly working on trying to achieve the
right balance between the orchestra and the piano…"
– Markus Becker
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