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Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 5: Sonntage Nach Trinitatis II [Box Set] [Box set, Import]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Karl Richter , Muchener Bach-Orchester , Munich Bach Orchestra , Edith Mathis , Ursula Buckel , Ernst Haefliger , Peter Schreier Audio CD
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  • Performer: Edith Mathis, Ursula Buckel, Ernst Haefliger, Peter Schreier
  • Orchestra: Muchener Bach-Orchester, Munich Bach Orchestra
  • Conductor: Karl Richter
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B000025H5X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cd 1 (1-6) Herr Christ, Der Einge Gottessohn
2. Cd 1 (7-13) Wo Soll Ich Fliehen Hin
3. Cd 1 (14-18) Ich Will Den Kreuzstab Gerne Tragen >>Kreuzstab-Kantate<<
4. Cd 2 (1-7) Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele
5. Cd 2 (8-13) Aus Tiefer Not Schrei Ich Zu Dir
6. Cd 2 (14-18) Ich Armer Mensch, Ich Sundenknecht
7. Cd 3 (1-6) Mache Dich, Mein Geist, Bereit
8. Cd 3 (7-12) Wohl Dem, Der Sich Auf Seinen Gott
9. Cd 3 (13-17) O Ewigkeit, Du Donnerwort
10. Cd 3 (18-23) Ach Wie Fluchtig, Ach Wie Nichtig
11. Cd 4 (1-6) Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ
12. Cd 4 (7-17) Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!
13. Cd 4 (18-24) Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme
14. Cd 5 (1-6) Herr Gott, Dich Loben Alle Wir
15. Cd 5 (7-14) Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott
16. Cd 5 (15-23) Gottes Zeit Ist Die Allerbeste Zeit >>Actus Tragicus<<

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best April 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Not to be rude or anything to the last reviewer (I respect most of what he has written), but realistically the Karl Richter Cantata recordings really are the closest one can come to perfect. One is awakened to the sheer power of Bach's works time after time; I'd say there is not a single "bad apple" in all of these Karl Richter recordings. The tempi are perfect. Now Fritz Werner is of course excellent, so honestly I would recommend getting both of their sets, but in terms of overall result, Karl Richter is the greatest. I never find myself thinking "This is too slow" when listening to Karl Richter, though time does stand still; this is not something I get with Fritz Werner. Yes perhaps Fritz Werner sometimes shows more beauty (this is not to say Karl Richter's alto and sopranos are not beautiful, though Agnes Giebel is sometimes simply unbeatable, though so are Edith Mathis and Reynolds), but Karl Richter really causes time to stop, and chills like those I experienced the first time I heard the Beethoven symphonies set in. I know I might not be correct in saying this but... KARL RICHTER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. I have probably lost my credibility now, but I simply know good music when I hear it. Now of course you might not want to pay $120 (sometimes $500 or $900) for this single volume, BUT HAVE HEART. In two weeks of waiting, I was able to pick up the entire set (buying each volume separately) for under $200. Maybe I got lucky, but then a month after making the purchase online, I found the entire set in my local CD store's used section(!) There are a lot of sets out there, just wait for someone to sell them. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listening to Karl Richter's files: Volume 5 February 21, 2013
Format:Audio CD
A summary of my review is that the content of 5-CD boxed set is worth buying in form of mp3s. Although in some cases a music lover may desire more subtle performances of the selected 16 Bach's cantatas, they are seldom found together in one CD-set. If you buy mp3s, it might be a good idea to pick up the most successful items, but the completists will want to have all of them.

Like many CD collectors, I have known Karl Richter's Bach recordings from DG / Archive LPs made in 1960s in 1970s. Although Karl Richter was a serious musician and had at his disposal many outstanding soloists and a great choir - Münchener Bach-Chor, his recording contract with the DG / Archive (he recorded 75 Bach cantatas from 1959 to the time of his death in 1981) does not prove that he was the best Bach conductor of his generation - an important comparison are Bach cycles with Fritz Werner on Erato Great Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Numbers 26, 61, and 130 and Helmut Rilling's project on Erato / Musical Society Heritage, later issued by Hänssler on CD J. S. Bach: The Complete Cantatas Box.

The cantata recordings in Vol. 5 of Richter edition were mostly made in 1975-1979, with the exception of BWV 55 (rec. 1959), BWV 60 (rec. 1964), BWV 106 and BWV 26 (rec. 1966) and BWV 56 (rec. 1969). The early recordings belong to the best ones, in the 1970s Richter's hand is often heavy, the rhythm is pedantic and the continuo line overloaded by an obsessive organ.
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