Magazine article Gramophone

Reger: 'Complete Piano Quartets'

Magazine article Gramophone

Reger: 'Complete Piano Quartets'

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Reger

'Complete Piano Quartets' Piano Quartets--No 1, Op 113; No 2, Op 133. Serenade, Op 141a. Three Duos, Op 131b Claudius Tanski pf Mannheim Quartet Dabringhaus und Grimm [F] (2) MDG336 1869-2 (116' * DDD)

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Max Reger's Piano Quartet Op 113 launches itself with a compositional exclamation mark, a wantonly illegal chromatic sidestep that a beat later sidesteps home to D minor, and the argument could be pressed that Reger peaks too soon; that the piece can never quite muster up enough strength of mind to be as outre again--and, given that it sprawls over nearly 50 minutes, had Reger wanted to stamp down on conformity with another Monty Python foot, there was scope to do so. But Claudius Tanski and the Mannheim String Quartet hear this opening as Reger handing them their flying wings. Because no matter how deterministic and packed with notes, Reger's piece remains built on instability the subliminal message that the music might again fall through a stage trapdoor never fully goes away. …

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