Thursday, February 01, 2018
Reger's overwhelming piano variations and fugue on Bach
Schiff plays the 34-minute work, “Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Bach”, Op. 81, by Max Reger.
The original melody is Bach’s Cantata #128, “Auf Christi Himmelfahrt Allein”.
The music is somewhat like Brahms’s big piano variation works, but here the scale is extraordinary.
At the end the piano strives to mimic an entire orchestra. Reger sometimes ventured into extreme chromaticism, but the entire work is in B minor with triumphant B Major close.