Johann Sebastian Bach - WEIHACHTSORATORIUM CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Catalogue No.: 4839176
Release Date: 16th October 2020
Karl Richter’s famous 1965 recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with a quartet of stunning soloists. 3-LP gatefold. Mastered from original tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl. Includes artist photos and liner notes in English and German. Among the many recordings of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Karl Richter’s 1965 interpretation holds a special position. Richter was praised not only for his ensembles, the Münchener Bach-Chor and Münchener Bach-Orchester, but also for his fabulous soloists both vocal and instrumental. This recording also turned to be one of the last musical testimonials of tenor Fritz Wunderlich who tragically died only a few months after, and whose 90th birthday would be celebrated this September. This was Richter’s second recording of the work, markedly different to his first. In his 1965 recording, Richter’s Munich forces present a youthful vigour with a homogeneity and clarity not otherwise present in his earlier account, though most notable is his quartet of outstanding soloists: Wunderlich is joined by Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, and Franz Crass.