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Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, Op 135b


The Fantasia and Fugue in D minor Op 135b was one of Reger’s last pieces, completed in 1915, and its genesis was closely tied up with his two settings (one unfinished) of the Requiem. Some of this can be heard in its largely elegiac tone; also noteworthy is the greater transparency of the writing, something towards which Reger had been steadily moving in recent years. At the opening, delicate arpeggios alternate with chordal writing and as the piece progresses a motif of four descending quavers becomes significant. The climax of the development, and an important passage in the middle of the Fugue, were (possibly at Straube’s instigation) omitted by Reger for the first edition; the complete version is played here. The Fugue begins in slow crotchets, with a grave lyricism. The note values gradually increase through quavers and triplets to semiquavers, before an elegant staccato theme, in a buoyant 12/8 metre, appears and—not surprisingly—is combined in various ways with the initial theme.

from notes by David Goode © 2016


Reger: Fantasias & Fugues
SIGCD476Download only


Movement 1: Fantasia
Track 3 on SIGCD476 CD1 [8'59] Download only
Movement 2: Fugue
Track 4 on SIGCD476 CD1 [12'19] Download only

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