OTTERLOO conducts Reger (1915-1957) - PASC707

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OTTERLOO conducts Reger (1915-1957) - PASC707

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Overview

REGER Violin Concerto
REGER Mozart Variations
REGER A Romantic Suite
Bonus tracks:
REGER Praeladium from Suite in A minor
REGER Andante sostenuto from Sonata in A minor
REGER Romanze
REGER Andantino from Sonata in A major
REGER Allegretto from Sonata in F-sharp minor

Studio and live recordings, 1915-1957
Total duration: 2hr 10:31

Georg Kulenkampff, violin
Issay Barmas, violin
Efrem Zimbalist, violin
Adolf Busch, violin

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Residency Orchestra of The Hague
conducted by Willem van Otterloo

This set contains the following albums:

Max Reger's music was very popular in the Netherlands, and Reger's concert tour in March 1916 was but a small part of a larger mosaic that reflects the great interest in his music. Willem Mengelberg and a large number of other musicians made a name for themselves as performers of Reger’s music; during the Second World-War, the Netherlands occupied by the Nazis, Eduard van Beinum conducted the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam in recordings of the Ballet Suite and the Mozart Variations (for Polydor); Eugen Jochum recorded the Serenade in G for Telefunken, and Hermann Abendroth the Böcklin Suite in a radio broadcast.

The last recorded performance of a Reger work with the Concertgebouworkest during the war was the Violin Concerto in 1944, with the soloist Georg Kulenkampff, who had caused a sensation a few years previously with the premiere performance of Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto in Berlin; nowadays Kulenkampff’s fame is marred by his close association with the Nazis. Unfortunately, the recording under Willem van Otterloo is not quite complete: While the first movement is unaltered, a few short passages in the second (bars 43–53) and third movement (bars 421–455 and 507-542) were deleted and the transitions recomposed. In one letter, though feeling it was impossible to cut his work substantially, Reger had showed himself open to minor cuts – but it is not known whether these ever took place and who edited those heard here.

Willem van Otterloo, who directed the Residentie Orkest from 1949 to 1973 and who extensively recorded with his orchestra for Philips, remained loyal to Reger as a conductor and recorded the Mozart Variations and the Romantic Suite with the Residentie Orkest Den Haag in the mid-1950s; the performance of the latter work in particular sets special accents through its tense elegance and is one of the best interpretations of the work to date.

As a special bonus, we offer five small pieces by Reger for violin, some with piano - including the very first known shellac recording of a piece by Reger, from 1915. Issay Barmas and Adolf Busch were in close contact with Reger and gave concerts with him; the pianist in the Barmas performance is not given on the Polyphon disc label. Both performers later produced their own editions of some of Reger’s music.


Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter
Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe

OTTERLOO conducts Reger

disc one (54:46)
REGER Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 101
1. 1st mvt. - Allegro moderato  (24:49)
2. 2nd mvt. - Largo con gran espressione  (17:35)
3. 3rd mvt. - Allegro moderato  (12:22)
Netherlands Radio broadcast performance
Amsterdam Concertgebouw, 16 January 1944

Georg Kulenkampff, violin
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam   


disc two (75:45)
REGER Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 132
1. Theme. Andante grazioso  (2:07)
2. Variation I. L'istesso tempo (quasi un poco più lento)  (2:21)
3. Variation II. Poco agitato  (1:46)
4. Variation III. Con moto  (1:12)
5. Variation IV. Vivace  (0:45)
6. Variation V. Quasi presto  (1:24)
7. Variation VI. Sostenuto (quasi Adagietto)  (2:07)
8. Variation VII. Andante grazioso  (2:23)
9. Variation VIII. Molto sostenuto  (6:35)
10. Fuge. Allegretto grazioso (9:51)
Studio recording, 26-27 March 1957 - Philips A 00486 L

REGER A Romantic Suite, Op. 125
11. 1st mvt. - Notturno: Molto sostenuto  (10:05)
12. 2nd mvt. - Scherzo: Vivace  (7:19)
13. 3rd mvt. - Finale: Molto sostenuto  (10:57)
Studio recording, 9-10 March 1956 - Philips A 00486 L

Residency Orchestra of The Hague  

conducted by Willem van Otterloo


BONUS TRACKS

14. REGER Suite in A minor, Op. 103a
      1. Praeludium  (5:15)
Georg Kulenkampff, violin
Hermann Hoppe, piano  
Studio recording, 1926 - Polydor 95018

15. REGER Sonata in A minor for solo violin, Op. 91, No. 1
      3. Andante sostenuto  (3:55)
Georg Kulenkampff, violin
Studio recording, November 1936 - Telefunken E2078

16. REGER Romanze in G major, WoO II/10   (1:47)
Issay Barmas, violin
Anon., piano  
Studio recording, before 1919 - Polyphon 947977

17. REGER Sonata in A major for solo violin, Op. 42, No. 2
      2. Andantino  (3:15)
Efrem Zimbalist, violin
Studio recording, 8 June 1915 - His Master’s Voice DA403

18. REGER Violin Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 84
      2. Allegretto (poco vivace)  (2:40)
Adolf Busch, violin
Rudolf Serkin, piano
Studio recording, Small Queen’s Hall, London, 7 May 1931
His Master’s Voice DB 1523/7236


XR remastered by Andrew Rose
Special thanks to Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter
Produced in co-operation with the Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe, Germany

Total Duration: 2hr 10:31