In 2016 the organ world cannot ignore Max Reger and you will come across his music in many places. Exactly one hundred years ago this important innovator of the organ repertoire died. What makes him so unique? Like no other he knew how to connect tradition and innovation. Reger combined the musical achievements of Bach and Beethoven with the latest discoveries of Brahms and Wagner. Yet Reger was honest about the most important source of inspiration for his compositions: "Bach is the beginning and the end of all music", was his motto.
Organist Gerrit Christiaan de Gier plays a fascinating portrait of Max Reger. Not only does the great master's music sound, but also that of his pupils. De Gier also plays work by Regers Dutch contemporaries such as Cornelis de Wolf, organist of the Eusebius Church in Arnhem. The final piece is the Fantasy about 'Hallelujah, eternal thanks and honour' by the English organist and composer Willem Weijland. For more than twenty years Willem Weijland played the Ypma organ of the Noorderkerk, the current Edesche Concertzaal
Max Reger Willem Weijland Joseph Haas Sigfrid Karg-Elert Karl Hoyer Cornelis de Wolf Richard Holl Cor Kint Ypma-orgel Edesche OrgelRecitals Nederlandse muziek