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. Throughout his prolific though sadly short life (he died at age 54 from a heart attack, though the devoted still steadfastly attribute the burgeoning original-instrument movement for breaking his heart) Richter always returned to Bach and rarely recorded (or performed) the music of other composers. 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. As a long-standing Richter fan, IRead more couldn't be more overjoyed to see these benchmark Archiv performances reissued again (the fourth time for the Brandenburg's!)... [H]e 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 the complete Brandenburg Concertos, DG 463657 Read less
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