Welcome to the Max-Reger-Institute (MRI),
the centre of Reger research

It is the aim of the Max-Reger-Institute to convey Reger's life and work to a larger audience both for scholars and laypeople alike. The substantial collection and library makes the Max-Reger-Institute an important resource to all interested.

Out now: Fritz Busch conducts Brahms Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, Tragic Overture, Nänie, 1942-50

At the starting point of a cooperation between Max-Reger-Institute and Pristine Audio a collection with almost every recording of Johannes Brahms’ works under the conductor Fritz Busch was released. Busch was a student of Fritz Steinbach who had a profile in conducting Brahms and Reger, as well as performing Regers music himself (together with the composer he was playing at his last concert on April 4th 1916 in Aachen, amongst others the Mozart and Beethoven variations on two pianos).

Available on Pristine Classical

Max-Reger-Portal Online

The first version of the Max-Reger-Portal is now online. Besides the sound gallery and picture gallery there is content for the mediation of life and work of Max Reger and videos of the podcast of Max-Reger-Institute. More content will be added in the future and complemented with comprehensive research possibilities.


Max Reger Sound Gallery now Online

Just in time for the beginning of the new year Max-Reger-Institute launches its new online service Max Reger Sound Gallery. On this site over 80 selected recordings of works by Max Reger are presented to give a comprehensive listening exprience. We like to express our gratitude to all labels that are involved.


From October 1st 2017 Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp and Dr. Alexander  Becker share the duties of being heads of institute

From now on „sempre con tutta forza“ four-handed.

Out now: Max Reger, Requiem WoO V/9

Thomas Meyer-Fiebigs longtime studies of Regers Requiem WoO V/9 (1914) finally lead to a new edition of Regers unfinished work. With his intimate knowledge of Regers works Meyer-Fiebig tries to avoid a clash of styles and to act in the service of the composer with his completition of the Dies irae. While the first movement is edited in the style of a original text edition, a goal for the second movement was to come as close as possible to Reger without interfering too much.

Published by Musikproduktion Höflich

New manuscript: Phantasie und Fuge über B-A-C-H op. 46

Max-Reger-Instistute in Karlsruhe suceeded to fill a gap in their inventory after almost 60 years. Regers composition Phantasie und Fuge über B-A-C-H op. 46 for organ from 1900 is not just a key work of Reger and modern organ music in general but also the last missing of 10 manuscript of Regers great works for organ, prepared by Reger himself for Karl Straube. The acquisition was supported by the Berthold Leibinger foundation.

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Out now: Maximum Reger

With the DVD boxed set »Maximum Reger« Fugue State Films, in cooperation with Max-Reger-Institute, created a comprehensive collection on Reger’s live and Reger’s music. Spread on 6 DVDs there is more than 15 hours of content, including 3 feature-length documentaries and 12 hours of filmed performances of Regers music. The opening of the documentation is also available on YouTube.

Available on Fugue State Films

Out now: Reger-Studien 10. Max Reger und das Lied. Tagungsbericht Karlsruhe 2015

Next to works for piano, songs play an important role in the oeuvre of Max Reger. He worked on them all over his life and composed around 300 songs with piano accompaniment. In 2015 Max-Reger-Institut organized an interdisciplinary conference on this still underrepresented part of Regers work. The conference combined historiographic and current questions and tackled a wide range of problems. Contributions by musicologists, germanists, computer scientists, one neuro scientist and musicians opened up a multitude of new perspectives.

Published by Carus-Verlag

Recently published: Max Reger. Werk statt Leben – Biographie

Just in time for the Reger-Year 2016 Breitkopf & Härtel published the Reger biography written by Susanne Popp. The comprehensive biography presents Regers prolific life on the basis of letters and documents, some of them practically unknown, which visually depict the restless life of the workaholic. Accompanying digital content can be found on maxreger.info.

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