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It has always been an immense fascination to complete unfinished works by famous composers – such as Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s B minor Symphony, Bruckner’s Ninth, or Mahler’s Tenth. This month we are honoured to present a major contribution of this kind. Max Reger intended his Latin Requiem as a full-length magnum opus but amidst the second movement, the Dies irae, he stopped working on it and instead finished his wonderful German Requiem on Hebbel’s ’Seele, vergiss sie nicht’. The leading Reger expert Thomas Meyer-Fiebig has finished his completion of the Dies irae in faithful adaptation of Reger’s late style. The gigantic work is ready for performance now in a two-movement version produced in close collaboration with the Max Reger Institute, and the performance material can be ordered from Repertoire Explorer. A particularly detailed preface explains all the circumstances of genesis, history of reception and criteria of arrangement of a work in which Reger intended that ”the listeners must stick to the wall like a ’relievo’; I want the Psalm to have a devastating effect.”
Other main releases of this month comprise Anton Rubinstein’s sacred opera-oratorio ’Paradise Lost’ from mid-19th century, a kind of colossal serious entertainment about the Fall of Man and the expulsion from Paradise; Walter Braunfels’ ’Te Deum’ Op. 32 (1920-21), a major work of 20th century musica sacra and a worthy successor in the solemn Te Deum tradition of Handel, Berlioz, and Bruckner; and Granville Bantock’s colourful ’Pagan Symphony’ (Symphony No. 2, 1923-28), one of the most fascinating and expansive works by this once highly adored British master who handled the orchestra in a unique manner and found unorthodox solutions for the large single-movement symphonic form – the full score is a reproduction of Bantock’s beautiful manuscript from the collection of Jürgen Schaarwächter.
Two highly brilliant large late Romantic piano concertos are added to our comprehensive catalogue in this genre: the First Piano Concerto by Alexander Glasunov, and the First Piano Concerto by Polish composer-pianist Sigismond Stojowski.
Further orchestral works include the first print of John Foulds’ immensely charming and masterly humoristic Cabaret Overture; Peter Tchaikovsky’s barely known ’Festive Overture on the Danish National Anthem’ Op. 15, a work that unites the Russian and the Danish hymn – the composer later considered it a better work than his famous 1812 Overture; Henri Duparc’s subtly orchestrated song ’L’invitation au voyage’ (in orchestral and piano version), Max Bruch’s prayerful ’Ave Maria’ for cello and orchestra, a sonorous ’Festival Fanfare’ for grand orchestra, wind band and others by Phillip Brookes, and (from our much-lauded Gourzi Edition) the purely orchestral ’Six Letters for Callas: APOLLON‘ Op. 51 (2012-13) by the fine Greek composeress Konstantia Gourzi.