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Five Humoresques, Op 20

'Reger: Piano Music' (CDA66996)
Reger: Piano Music
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No 1: Allegretto grazioso
No 2: Presto – Andante – Presto
No 3: Andantino grazioso
No 4: Prestissimo assai
No 5: Vivace assai

Five Humoresques, Op 20
Reger himself made a piano roll recording of the fifth of his Humoresken, an elfin Vivace assai with a chorale-style Più tranquillo central section. The rest are as charming, diverting and quietly inventive as the best of Brahms’ lighter short pieces. The first is a perky Allegretto grazioso, again with a chorale-style ‘trio’ (Più meno mosso this time) and a tumbledown return to the first idea. The second opens to a bar’s worth of fortissimo Presto before proceeding in a mode ‘à la hongroise’. Liszt comes to mind, as do Dvorák, Brahms, and even Bartók. The third Humoreske is a winning Andantino grazioso in 2/4 with a more thoughtful Meno mosso central section and a delightful coda, while the fourth is a vivacious, waltz-like Prestissimo assai. All are delightful and further proof that Max Reger could complement even the heaviest musical meal with delectable sweetmeats.

from notes by Robert Cowan © 1999

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Details for CDA66996 track 17
Allegretto grazioso
Recording date
1 April 1998
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Reger: Piano Music (CDA66996)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: January 1999
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