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This one changed my life forever

I was a boy. I had a tape from my dad with this recordings. I just never stopped listening at it. These recordings made me discover Bach and the music. Karl Richter, with this work changed my life. I decide to study music, and even if today I' m not a professional musician, music is still the most important thing of my life. I wish you the same sensations listening at this.

"Played in C# minor" = historical organ in choir pitch

To the previous reviewer: you apparently have absolute pitch like I do. A number of historical organs in Germany and thereabouts are in "choir pitch", about half a step up from modern concert pitch. ("Chamber pitch" of the day was about a half-step down from modern concert pitch. String and wind players in church performances generally were given their parts transposed a full step up --- if the cantata or whatever was in D major, their parts were written out in E major.) Note that I wrote "approximately" a half-step up --- an organ in Saxony would not necessarily be at the same pitch as one in Bavaria. The low C on the manual would be a pipe 8 foot long --- but every region had its own "standard" foot. As for the performance itself: well, it's the late lamented Karl Richter, enough said. If you want excellent performances in standard pitch (and digitally recorded), I can recommend both Simon Preston's set and that by Christopher Herrick on Hyperion. If historical analog recordings with an occasional bass distortion issue doesn't put you off, there is also the budget set by the legendary Helmut Walcha (RIP).

Prelude and Fugue in E Minor

I bought the Prelude and Fugue in E Minor on record (LP) nearly forty years ago, and I've been looking for a digital version for some years, since I no longer have the ability to play LPs. This is absolutely the best recording of the "Wedge" by anyone. One fairly dances to the Prelude, and the Fugue is not far behind in that category. Richter brings a verve and joy to this piece unmatched by anyone else. There's a small amount of bass rumble, esp. in the Fugue (The LP, as I recall, had the same problem). Ignore it. It doesn't interfere with the sheer enjoyment of Richter's playing.


Born: October 15, 1926 in Plauen, Germany

Genre: Classical

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Karl Richter was regarded as one of the great Bach conductors of the twentieth century, noted for solid regularity in rhythms and a serious approach to the music, though he was not given to following the changing pronouncements of musicologists concerning historical accuracy in performance. He was brought up in the tradition of German Protestant religious music; his father was a minister in the central German regions near where Johann Sebastian Bach had lived. Richter learned piano and organ, and...
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  • $29.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Feb 10, 2005

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