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.

Susanne Popp Concludes Her Role as Head of Institute and Director

After 38 years, in which as head of institute and director she made Max-Reger-Institute the central research facility and place to go in the matter of Reger, Prof Dr. Susanne Popp resigned from her duties of directing the institute on September 30th of this year. She will continue to stand by the institute as a member of the board of trustees and as an advisor. In a small celebration the audience of the awardee concert and the staff of the institute were thanking her for her great work over the years.

New Pageflow: Max Reger sucht seinen Weg

A contribution to Storytelling, a joint project of AsKI, was also produced by Max-Reger-Institute. Even though Reger never visitted the eternal city himself some influences are also present in his works, exemplified here with Vier Tondichtungen nach A. Böcklin op. 128.


Max Reger Picture Gallery Update

The Max Reger Picture Gallery is going into its next phase; a complete revision and extension as well as optimizations in the picture quality. Together with Max Reger Sound Gallery it is another online offering of Max-Reger-Institute. On this site we present over 80 selected recordings of works by Max Reger to give a comprehensive sound impression. We cordially thank all labels for their support!

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

Reger-Werkausgabe II/7: Vocal works with organ accompaniment and other instruments

In August 2019 Volume II/7 of Reger-Werkausgabe was published which includes works for solo voice, duetts with mixed choir and organ accompagnement as well as the five choral cantatas WoO V/4. The spectrum ranges from the early sacred songs op. 19 up to twelve sacred songs op. 137 which were written in World War I.

Acquisition of autograph

In March 2019 Max-Reger-Institut, with funding by Berthold Leibinger Stiftung and Wüstenrot Stiftung, was able to acquire an autograph that was long thought lost, the manuscript of Max Regers first editong of Johann Sebastian Bachs Präludium und Fuge Es-Dur BMW 552 for piano for two hands (Bach-B1 Nr. 4). This manuscript was presented to the public on May 6th and Prof. Markus Becker (Hannover), who recorded the piano works of Reger, performed the piece.

Reger-Werkausgabe II/8: Works for mixed choir a cappella I (1890–1902)

Published in July 2018 volume II/8 of Reger-Werkausgabe covers Regers works for mixed choir from 1890 to 1902. Included are contributions to catholic (Opus 61 and WoO VI/12, 19) as well as protestant (Opus 79f und WoO VI/17, which contains choral-based four-part movements sets for a whole church year) liturgical Gebrauchsmusik. Folk songs were not only tended to by secular (WoO VI/10, 11), but also by sacred (WoO VI/13, 14) contributions. The ambitous Drei Chöre op. 39 werededicated to renowned choir associations which were approaching professional levels. The comissioned work "Palmsonntagmorgen" WoO VI/18 can be seen as a transition to Regers later motets.

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.