Release Date: 07/30/2013
Label:EratoCatalog #: 47429
Spars Code: DDD Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Conductor: Fritz Werner Number of Discs: 20
Recorded in: Stereo
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Werner has been unfairly overshadowed by contemporaries such as Karl Munchinger and, of course, the great Karl Richter. At his best - and much of this set shows him at his best - Werner was a warm, lyrical, wise interpreter of Bach, wholly devoid of artifice and a fine and sincere artist. I love to hear Bach's music performed on period instruments but the finest interpreters of the previous generation, of which Fritz Werner is undoubtedly one of the foremost, have much to teach us about these masterpieces and we ignore recordings such as these at our peril. As I said at the start, Warner Classics earn our gratitude for reissuing these recordings.
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SOPRANOS:Read more Maria Friesenhausen, Agnes Giebel, Hedy Graf, Emiko Iiyama, Ingeborg Reichelt, Friederike Sailer, Edith Selig
ALTOS: Claudia Hellmann, Marga Hoffgen, Emmy Lisken, Barbara Scherler, Hertha Topper
TENORS: Theo Altmeyer, Kurt Huber, Georg Jelden, Helmut Krebs, Friedrich Melzer
BASSES: Bruce Abel, Franz Kelch, Barry McDaniel, Jakob Stampfli, Erich Wenk
CONDUCTOR: Fritz Werner
ENESMBLES: Heinrich Scutz Choir, Heilbronn; Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim; Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn; Gro?es orchester des sudwestfunks Read less
Essential BachSeptember 16, 2016By Catriel B. (Toronto, ON)See All My Reviews"My CD library contains over 1500 CD's, and when the time comes to give them away, this set is one of a very few that I will keep. These performances are warm, musicologically sound, and to my ears completely beat Richter and most other "complete" sets. While I prefer to listen to period instrument performances, these go beyond that and get to the essence of Bach's approach. All the soloists are outstanding, even the beginning performances of Maurice Andre. The transfer to CD is well-done (I have many of the original LP's on MHS --still!), and Warner has kept that special Werner sound. You haven't heard real Bach until you've sampled this set. A must."Report Abuse