Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J S Bach, Op81 – orchestrated by Ira Levin

On his move to Munich in 1901, Max Reger's music, even by his standards, became more involved and difficult, and the signature work from this time is his set of variations on a theme by Bach, one of six great sets of variations he wrote.  Reger is most famous among organists for his work with fugues and chorale melodies, but ultimately the variation form suited him best.

It was written for piano, but conductor Ira Levin, using Reger's own orchestration of his Beethoven Variations as an inspiration, has orchestrated the work, and it is this new and powerful version that has been recorded.

This film is an extract from Maximum Reger by Fugue State Films. This exhaustive boxed-set contains more than 15 hours of content over 6 DVDs includes three feature-length documentaries, plus filmed performances of 12 hours of Reger's best music for orchestra, organ, voice, violin, piano and chamber ensemble. This set, which normally sells for £85, is currently available at a Black Friday / Pre Christmas offer price of £43. Visit Fugue State Films' Shop  for details.




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