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Max Reger

Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger (19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher. Born in Brand, Bavaria, Reger studied music in Munich and Wiesbaden with Hugo Riemann. From September 1901 he settled in Munich, where he obtained concert offers and where his rapid rise to fame began. During his first Munich season, Reger appeared in ten concerts as an organist, chamber pianist and accompanist. He continued to compose without interruption. From 1907 he worked in Leipzig, where he was music director of the universityuntil 1908 and professor of composition at the conservatory until his death. In 1911 he moved to Meiningen where he got the position of Hofkapellmeister at the court of Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. In 1915 he moved to Jena, commuting once a week to teach in Leipzig. He died in May 1916 on one of these trips of a heart attack at age 43.
He had also been active internationally as a conductor and pianist. Among his students were Joseph Haas, Sándor Jemnitz, Jaroslav Kvapil, Ruben Liljefors, George Szell and Cristòfor Taltabull.
Reger was the cousin of Hans von Koessler.

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Various composers
Klinge skal et jubelkor
Oslo Domkor
Johanna Senfter, Max Reger
Max Reger & Johanna Senfter, Clarinet Quintets
Kilian Herold & Armida Quartett
Max Reger
Piano Concerto - Live Recording (vinyl)
Markus Becker
Max Reger
Piano Concerto - Live Recording
Markus Becker
Ferruccio Busoni, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger
Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Vol. 35
Christopher Park & others
Max Reger
Fantasias & Fugues
David Goode
Various composers
The Organ of Oslo Cathedral
Kåre Nordstoga
The Last Words of Christ
Ebonit Saxophone Quartet
Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, Franz Schubert
The Complete Duos / Phantasie
Pieter Wispelwey / Paolo Giacometti
Various composers
The Steinmeyer Organ in Nidaros Cathedral Trondheim
Magne H. Draagen
Max Reger
Three Suites for Solo Cello, Op. 131c
Karen Buranskas
Max Reger
Reger: Organ Works
Goode, Symphony Organ, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tabea Zimmermann
Max Reger
Sonatas For Clarinet and Piano
Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer / Hans Eijsackers
Max Reger, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadues Mozart & Max Reger, Clarinet quintets
Wolfgang Meyer & Carmina Quartett
Max Reger
Bach Variations/Telemann Variations
Kees Schul
Max Reger
Seven Motets, Geistliche Gesaenge
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano
Martin Hornstein / Claus-Christian Schuster
Various composers
Nederlandse Orgelpracht Deel 1
S. van Viegen / Leo van Doeselaar / W. V. Broek
Various composers
Nederlandse Orgelpracht Deel 2
Wim van Beek / Gonny van de Maten / Wouter van de Broek