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• Portrait of Karl Richter documents the legacy of the legendary Bach conductor.
• The film traces his major milestones, events and people that shaped his vision.
• Made in remembrance of Karl Richter’s 60th birthday by his son Tobias Richter.
• Includes performance footage from St. John’s Passion, St. Matthew’s Passion, B minor mass, concerts for organ and harpsichord, the Brandenburg Concertos and the Music for the Royal Fireworks by G. F. Handel, rehearsals and interviews —as well as unpublished material from his archives.
Karl Richter (1926–1981) was regarded as one of the great Bach conductors of the twentieth century, noted for solid regularity in rhythms and a serious
approach to the music. He organized the Munich Bach Choir in 1951, and in 1953 added to it the Munich Bach Orchestra. His performances naturally centered on Bach and under Richter his musicians and singers became one of the most renowned organizations specializing in the music of the great German master and his era. Richter and his Bach Choir and Orchestra recorded numerous Bach choral works for Deutsche Grammophon, gaining international recognition. He is best remembered for his mastery of Baroque choral and orchestral works of the largest scale, where his architectural approach to the music is most effective.
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