Max Reger wrote a lot of music; over 1,400 compositions in total during his brief life. He began composing in 1888 at the age of 15 and he didn't stop until his death in 1916. A mere 28 years of work. Reger wrote for all genres of music except opera (e.g., vocal, chamber, piano, organ and orchestral music) with his largest oeuvre being that of his works for Voice (31%) and chamber ensemble (25%).
Whether you are new to Reger's music or just want to explore it further, a list is provided below of recommended works and recordings that will help you on your journey. It is music you should know!
If you are new to Reger, we suggest starting with your preferred type (or genre) of music (e.g., chamber, piano, organ, etc.). To start your excursion, here are a few recommendations. Please review the Listening Guide for more information about recordings:
Chamber Music: String Quartet, Opus 109
Orchestral Music: Piano Concerto, Opus 114
Organ Music: Sonata, Opus 60
Piano Music: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Beethoven, Opus 86
Vocal Music: Schlichte Weisen, Opus 76
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