Notes and Editorial Reviews
Very few conductors have recorded as much Bach as Karl Richter, and none can lay a stronger claim to a legacy based on championing the master... Richter's reverence for Bach is evinced by the simplicity, splendor, and grandeur with which he consistently imbued his performances. Richter understood that the profound underlying architecture of Bach's music was critical to its appreciation, enjoyment, and yes, power.
[This CD] begins with a performance of Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 that superbly exemplifies Richter's remarkable intuitive grasp of Bach's language. To get an idea of just how ahead of his time Richter was, compare the timing of his first movement (whose "brisk tempos" the Penguin Guide went out of its way
to condemn when the cycle was first released in 1987) with the contemporary original-instrument account by Musica Antiqua Köln directed by Reinhard Goebel. Richter's 1967 modern-instrument performance is two seconds slower. The man was no slouch; he understood that in Bach's day this was contemporary orchestral music whose success required vitality as well as authority... This is cornerstone Bach that should not be missed.
-- John Greene, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing DG 463657]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Ruben Gonzáles (Violin),
Gerhart Hetzel (Violin),
Walter Forchert (Violin)
Munich Bach Orchestra
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany
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