HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Jochum)

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Jochum’s performance of this masterwork is, ihmo, one of the best you can get.
Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a sacred drama on an unprecedented scale. He created it as an integral part of the Good Friday Vespers in the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig where it was first performed, perhaps as early as 1727. At their most fundamental, the disparate elements comprising Bach’s St Matthew Passion can be placed under distinct headings: the narrative element in which the Evangelist (tenor) and Christ (baritone) play the central role; a lyrical and contemplative element provided by the arias; a meditative and communal element provided by the chorales, the traditional hymn-tunes of Bach’s time; and the choruses which comment on events taking place emphasizing their significance with immense, at times almost overwhelming, power. The interdependence of these diverse components is only fully realized in a performance which comprehends Bach’s vast tableau in its entirety.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:
Niederländischer Rundfunkchor, Knabenchor Der St. Willibrords-Kirche Amsterdam, Marga Höffgen, Walter Berry, Franz Crass, Leo Ketelaars, John Van Kesteren, Agnes Giebel, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orchester Amsterdam
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 3.99 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (1958) (Richter)

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This is not the 1980 release I posted last Easter. This is a 1st pressing of Richter’s recording from 1958
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1958
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.81 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Eterna) Johann Sebastian Bach – Das Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644 (Köbler)

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The Orgelbüchlein (“Little Organ Book”) BWV 599−644 is a collection of 46 chorale preludes for organ written by Johann Sebastian Bach. All but three of them were composed during the period 1708–1717, while Bach was court organist at the ducal court in Weimar. The remaining three, along with a short two-bar fragment, were added in 1726 or later, after Bach’s appointment as cantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. The collection was originally planned as a set of 164 chorale preludes spanning the whole liturgical year. The chorale preludes form the first of Bach’s masterpieces for organ with a mature compositional style in marked contrast to his previous compositions for the instrument. Although each of them takes a known Lutheran chorale and adds a motivic accompaniment, Bach explored a wide diversity of forms in the Orgelbüchlein. Many of the chorale preludes…
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Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Robert Köbler
Vinyl 1968 (1976)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Eterna
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 1.74 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 51 & 202 (Richter)

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Karl Richter and Bach are like a close encounter. Very easy to notice the perfect match between the composer and de conductor. Splendorous orcherstra and singer. Maria Stader who is radiant. 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.
Some of his performances have never been bettered.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Maria Stader
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1959
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 485 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 56 & 82 (Richter)

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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.
Some of his performances have never been bettered. The greatest cantata and the greatest performance is BWV 56 with Fischer-Dieskau. Earlier Fi-Di’s recordings of BWV 56 are excellent too, but this 1969 version with Richter excels by the gloomy and solemn final chorale.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1968-69
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 917 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 80 & 140 (Richter)

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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. Gardiner’s recordings over time have become more romanticized and are probably the closest to these stylisticly. The main difference is that Gardiner tends to conceive these as choral works with accompaniment, while Richter seems to place less emphasis on the choir, creating more of a balance between the orchestra and choir.
Some of his performances have never been bettered. These have supperb soloists (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, and Peter Schreier), albeit perhaps a little bit operatic for current tastes, but not too much so.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Edith Mathis, Peter Schreier,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Trudeliese Schmidt
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1977-78-79
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.25 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Johann Sebastian Bach – French Suites BWV 812-819 (Hogwood)

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I have this 2 LP set for almost 3 decades and is still as fresh as ever. Two most beautiful instruments, with tuning that really brings out the harmonic colors – particularly the gigue to suite #6, the e-flat minor trio to the suite BWV 819 and an alternate version of the allemande from the same suite. As a bonus, all 8 of the French Suites are recorded here (the two suites BWV 818 and 819 didn’t make the final cut to be in the six). Hogwood’s sense of rhythm and timing is always impeccable and appropriate for each dance movement, as is his lyricism. Over the years I have owned few other recordings of the French Suites, some of which I have enjoyed very much, but this set I return to time and again; these remain my gold standard.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Christopher Hogwood

Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.22 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 1 & 4 (Richter)

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Karl Richter IS the mandatory performer of Bach’s sacred works.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1969
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 961 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Matti Salminen, Peter Schreier
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.08 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Johannes-Passion (Richter)

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In his day, Karl Richter was considered a Bach “specialist.” We accord that title nowadays, if at all, to purveyors of period performance practice–and rightly so. But there’s something to be gained by appreciating earlier conceptions of how this music should go. If you favor a more “traditional” approach to Bach’s sacred music, featuring a large chorus, modern instruments and “operatic”-style singers, then you can’t do better than Richter’s 1964 account of the St. John Passion.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Ernst Häfliger, Hertha Töpper, Hermann Prey, Evelyn Lear
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1964
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.1 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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