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Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Bach, Op.81 (Schiff)

Reger’s Op.81 Variations on Bach’s Cantata No.128, Auf Christi Himmelfahrt Allein, are a remarkable combination of rigour and variety. The counterpoint is bedazzling, the harmony feels both titanic and open-ended (beguiling, even), and the range of textures deployed is pretty…