Bach: Sacred Masterpieces / Richter, Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Catalog Number: 4637012
Conductor: Karl Richter
Number of Discs: 10

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The German Bach specialist Karl Richter made ground breaking recordings of baroque repertoire for the Archiv label in the 1960s and 1970s. Richter frequently led the Munich Bach Orchestra, an ensemble of modern instruments coupled with a fairly large chorus. While Richter's performances didn't strive for the same exacting, and sometimes pedantic, period accuracy that was found in recordings by Harnoncourt and Leonhardt, he brought a sense of spirituality and drama to Bach's music that has rarely been equaled.
This epic 10-disc set presents Richter's recordings of Bach's key sacred works and is nothing short of a revelation. Richter had a superb ear and his soloists and choral forces always delivered finely crafted performances. Richter knew how to get a grand sound from the chorus without sacrificing clarity, and the opening 'Kyrie' of the 'B Minor Mass' is a textbook lesson in the art. There's drama aplenty in Richter's performances, especially in the choruses of the 'Saint John Passion.' Richter's vocal soloists have never been surpassed, and included such luminaries as Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. These are the recordings that made Bach accessible to a generation.
Works on This Recording
1. Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Maria Stader (Soprano), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Hertha Töpper (Alto)
Conductor: Karl Richter
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1728-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
2. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Franz Crass (Bass), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Alto)
Conductor: Karl Richter
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
3. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antonia Fahberg (Soprano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Kieth Engen (Bass), Max Proebstl (Bass), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Hertha Töpper (Alto)
Conductor: Karl Richter
Period: Baroque
Written: Circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
4. Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ernst Gerold Schramm (Bass), Ursula Bückel (Soprano), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Marga Höffgen (Alto)
Conductor: Karl Richter
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-49 ; Leipzig, Germany
5. Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Evelyn Lear (Soprano), Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Hermann Prey (Baritone), Kieth Engen (Bass), Hertha Töpper (Alto)
Conductor: Karl Richter
Period: Baroque
Written: 1724 ; Leipzig, Germany
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