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Max Reger

Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano

Robert Oberaigner, Clarinet
Michael Schöch, Piano

Sonata op. 49/1
A flat major / la bémol majeur / As-Dur

Sonata op. 49/2
F sharp minor / fa dièse mineur / fi s-Moll

Sonata op. 107
B flat major / si bémol majeur / B-Dur

Tarantella WoO II/12

Album Leaf WoO II/13

Production: Werner Dabringhaus, Reimund Grimm
Tonmeister: Holger Schlegel
Recording: 10.-12.03.2016 Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster
Cover: Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
© Text: Dennis Ried
© Foto: Arturo Fuentes

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Special Delivery

“Great – I too will write two such things!” This was
Max Reger’s comment on a performance including
Brahms’s clarinet sonatas, and only a few weeks
later he kept his word, delivering his first two
clarinet sonatas in his op. 49. The Dresden State
Orchestra’s young solo clarinetist Robert
Oberaigner and the ARD prizewinner Michael
Schöch have now joined forces to present not only
this double stroke of genius but also Reger’s
Sonata op. 107. And their performance is
guaranteed to convince even the most inveterate
Reger skeptics! Two welcome encores supplying a
surprisingly different tone, “Tarantella” and
“Albumblatt,” round off the Weiden master’s clarinet

Moving Experience

Right from the beginning Reger’s op. 49 No. 1 is
absolutely enthralling: “Allegro affannato” is his
interpretive prescription here, and Oberaigner and
Schöch’s rendering of a character situated
somewhere between “breathless,” “hurried,” and
“pressured” has to be heard to be believed! The
passage in the second movement including the
interwoven folk song “Ach, wie ist’s möglich denn”
moved the premiere audience and continues to
have a very special appeal.
Overwhelming Success
Reger’s third sonata, composed some eight years
after the first two, produces its effect in a very
similar manner: classical in its design, this work
wins over the listener with clarity and simplicity
reflecting the greatest mastery. The premiere, at
which the dedicatee Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig zu
Hesse himself was in attendance, must have been
an overwhelming success – which is hardly
surprising. Just listen to the conclusion of the first
movement: how Oberaigner and Schöch enable it
just to fade away – now that is first class!

Lucky Find

The two soloists form a chamber dream duo of a
kind that is only rarely found. Tone colors and
expressive gestures are exchanged and further
developed, so that the result is pure joy:
competition occurs in the field of dynamic
expression, and the quest for the unknown
becomes a common cause. Luxurious 2+2+2
sound, a Super Audio CD of the highest recording
quality, and everything that even the most highly
discriminating music fans hope to find!