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

The Max Reger Institute aims to make the life and work of the composer known to a wider public. It is open to experts and interested laymen alike: The extensive collection and the library make the institute a treasure trove for all interested parties. You can find initial information on the homepage and the Max Reger Portal, also on Reger's 150th birthday in 2023.



New entries: REGER-STUDIEN online

The Reger Year 2023 draws to a close with several articles in REGER-STUDIEN online - from Reger's pupils and their confrontation with the "old style" to the important but almost completely forgotten Reger interpreters Margarete Klinckerfuß and Frieda Dierolf, who distanced themselves from Nazi ideology in different ways during the Third Reich.

"Like in a cockpit" - Max Reger and the reed organ

As a supplement to our concert event "tastenReich" on 6 July 2023 with Lars David Kellner and Susanne Sperrhake in the Gartensaal of Karlsruhe Palace: In an interview with Moritz Chelius, Lars David Kellner talks about the reed organ, its distribution and significance in the past and today, as well as his personal path to this instrument and the literature for it. Including:

– Max Reger: Traum durch die Dämmerung op. 35 No. 3 from Zwölf Ausgewählte Lieder für Harmonium (arranged by Josef Reger), RWV Anh. E
– Max Reger: Ach Liebster, in Gedanken... op. 48 No. 4
– Kazue Isida: Parus, No. 13 from Aves (2009) for celesta solo

Out now: Otterloo conducts Reger (1915-1957)

Pristine Audio concludes the Reger year with the recordings of the Violin Concerto (soloist Georg Kulenkampff), the Romantic Suite and the Mozart Variations under the direction of Willem van Oterloo from 1944-1957; the sound restoration of the historical recordings is astonishing. Five miniatures for violin are offered as bonus material - including the earliest ever recording of Reger's music (from June 1915).

Released on Pristine Classical

Out now: Schreiben - Denken - Komponieren. Regers Skizzen zum Klarinettenquintett

In the new volume of the Max Reger Institute series, Franziska Reich explores Reger's creative process from the draft to the finished work on the basis of the Clarinet Quintet in A major, op. 146. The sketches are fully transcribed and thus allow a direct view into the workshop.

Published by Carus-Verlag

On the occasion of the 150th birthdays of Max Reger and his musician friend Karl Straube, who actively contributed to Reger's reputation as a composer, especially in his early years as a performer, the Max Reger Institute presents the wide range of facets of this artist friendship between inspiration and influence.