Karl Richter's legendary recordings of the complete Bach Cantatas, newly remastered in 24bit/192kHz and presented on two high fidelity Blu-ray Audio discs in a luxury hardcover edition. In the 1950s, when Richter made his earliest recordings of sacred vocal music by Bach, his disciplined and vital approach was hailed as revelatory. Richter's firm grounding in Lutheran theology, his intuitive feeling for the nobility of Bach's music and his pronounced gift for eloquent phrasing all contribute to a performing style which possesses not only a warmth of sentiment and a distinctive expressive fervor but also a supple inner strength, strikingly evident in the chorale-based choruses which, in so many instances, provide the focal point of Bach's cantatas.
Richter's recordings on Archiv of the complete Bach Cantatas are reference recordings of the repertoire through the genius combination of Richter's leadership and the assembled forces of his meticulously trained choir, his handpicked group of instrumental obbligato players and leading Bach soloists including Julia Hamari, Edith Mathis, Ernst Haefliger, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Theo Adam and many more! The 252 page booklet includes: Complete sung text in German and English; essays by Nicholas Anderson about Richter as an interpreter of Bach; and by Walter Blankenburg about the genre of Cantatas in the times of Johann Sebastian Bach; and new notes by Edith Mathis and Peter Schrei.
Richter's Bach recordings spanned a period of almost 30 years. At first he played continuo under Ramin, then he directed his own performances before becoming, in 1958, a major artist for the Archiv label. But it was in the early 1970s that Archiv provided him with an opportunity of recording a cantata for every Sunday and Feast Day of the Lutheran church year. The project, embracing 64 cantatas, most of them newly recorded for the Archiv cycle, was one which gave Richter particular pride and deep satisfaction; and it is here, above all, at the very heart of Bach's creative world, that we can admire Richter's skill in blending component parts to form a unifying whole.