Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time. Richter’s tempos are mostly lively when compared to other Bach specialists of his generation. Some critics have complained of a certain rhythmic squareness and rigidity of phrasing in Richter’s performances, but to my ears those liabilities are more the exception than the rule. Usually, Richter is alive to the complexities and tensions in Bach’s music that rule out reductionistic interpretation.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra: Münchner Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Number of Discs: 9
Label: DGG Archiv
Size: 8.34 GB
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