Brahms and Reger

A program with organ music of the late romantic period


Wednesday | 3/27/2024
8:00 pm Start of Concert
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Floor Plan

About the Concert

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Brahms was not lucky in love. For many years all his affection belonged to the wife of his best friend: Clara Schumann. She liked him, but there was no thought of a love affair. When she died in 1896, Brahms also already sensed his approaching death - his last compositions give expression to this. He knew that Clara had liked the organ, so it is no coincidence that he inscribed his mourning for her in compositions for this grandiose instrument.
Max Reger, on the other hand, was in the midst of life when he created his Choral Fantasias. He had been deeply hurt by a music critic who accused him of having too little inventiveness and of being too weak a personality in general. He responded with these same Choral Fantasies, and clearly: inventive and full of individual expression, they are considered today to be masterpieces of Reger.

At the invitation of the Dresden Philharmonic.


Max Reger
Choral Fantasy "All Men Must Die

Johannes Brahms
"O world, I must leave thee"

Max Reger
Choral Fantasy "Wake up, the voice calls us"

Johannes Brahms
"Adorn Thyself, O Dear Soul"


Mari Fukumoto


Mari Fukumoto

Mari Fukumoto is one of the most sought-after organists of our time. Born in Tokyo in 1987, today she has a busy concert schedule playing on the most eminent organs, and she is a regular guest at numerous international concert halls. She performs with outstanding orchestras such as the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. In the 2020/21 season she was Artist in Residence at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław (NFM, Poland), where she will perform several times in the 2022/23 season as well.

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