MusingMuso Posted January 19, 2012 Share Posted January 19, 2012 I am not medically qualified to make such a judgement. I am not sure about this. To take one example - the Fugue from the Fantasy on the Chorale 'Wachet auf'. This is one of the most joyous (and ultimately triumphant) fugues (and fugue subjects) known to me. There are at least two other chorale fantasies which exhibit a similar mood (Hallelujah! Gott zu loben and Wie schön leucht' uns der Morgenstern). Whilst there may be 'darkness' in some of Reger's works, compared to those of Liszt (for example), they are a glorious, sunnny morning. ============================= Pointing towards something isn't necessarily making a medical judgement, but in many ways, your own words point equally convincingly. "Darkness" on the one hand, and absolute "Joy" on the other, and all this when he was sober. I coudn't agree more about "Hallelujah" Gott zu Loben," and the proof was in the learning thereof, because I don't like practising at all. The real exception was learning this magnificent work, which I enjoyed from beginning to end.....very strange, for me. I don't like Liszt's organ works very much, whereas I would cross continents to hear a good Reubke. As for his "Christus," I think it is a scandal that he wasted so much paper. Still, each to their own, so to speak. I have to say, that possibly the worst Reger ever heard is that played by a certain American virtuoso of to-day, who follows the metronome markings of the massive B-A-C-H work to the letter, resulting in the most absurdly unmusical performance. MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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