Max Reger's Piano Trios opp. 2 and 102, his most finely nuanced chamber compositions, stand as milestones along his fascinating compositional path and as monuments of lateromantic piano chamber music. Here they are interpreted with the masterful perfection that we have come to expect from the Trio Parnassus. On the occasion of Reger’s 100th anniversary of death this CD is now available again.
His Own Worst Critic
Reger came to regard his early music with skepticism and let his skepticism be known in no uncertain terms. "Rubbish" and "irredeemable nonsense" were among the uncomplimentary labels that he later applied to it.
"Lord God, seven years ago I was a ridiculous figure - and now!" It was thus that the celebrated and much-sought-after composer sighed in 1907. He had just emerged from what he termed his "Storm and Drink Period" to go on to achieve the highest honors that a composer of his times could earn. His genius never rested: during his long train trips he thought out the Trio op. 102 in his head.
Critics have had to invent new superlatives to describe the numerous MDG recordings of the Trio Parnassus. "Trio Parnassus? A world-class trio" (American Record Guide). On this CD Chia Chou (piano), Wolfgang Schröder (violin), and Michael Groß (violoncello) are joined by Gunter Teuffel (viola).