Max Reger: String Trios & Piano Quartets vol.1 (Naxos Audio CD)


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Aperto Piano Quartet
Gernot Süßmuth (violin)
Stefan Fehlandt (viola)
Hans-Jakob Eschenburg (cello)
Frank-Immo Zichner (piano)
Felix Schwartz (viola)

The first of two discs containing the complete piano quartets and string trios of Max Reger, this release features the 'String Trio in A minor' of 1904, a work of almost Mozartian clarity and the 1910 'Piano Quartet in D minor'. Modelled on Brahms' 'C minor Piano Quartet', Reger's Quartet is a deeply expressive and intense work, with an often grotesque sense of humour. The composer himself described the 'Vivace' second movement as a "crazy Scherzo".


Contents and Reviews

String Trio in A minor, Op. 77b
I. Sostenuto - Allegro agitato
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Allegro con moto

Piano Quartet in D minor, Op. 113
I. Allegro moderato (ma con passione)
II. Vivace - Adagio - Vivace
III. Larghetto
IV. Allegro energico