Exciting news about a 'Karl Richter in Munich' project from publishing house Conventus Musicus in Dettelbach, Germany. A book about the great German conductor and keyboard player's years in Munich was published in German in November (more details in Comments below) , and six DVDs are in the pipeline. Already up and running is the blog Karl Richter in Muenchen. It is mainly in German, but there are also some English resources.
Even if you are don't read German the blog is well worth visiting for the marvellous archive photographs, just a few of which are reproduced here. It is just wonderful to see this great musician (and sometime organist of St. Thomas' Church in Leipzig), who contributed so much to the Bach revival, being recognised with these excellent online resources. Also covered are Richter's performances of other composers, notably Schütz, Bach, Händel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Reger. What a tragedy Richter was taken from us in 1981 aged just 54. 2006 is the 25th anniversary of his death (15th Feb), and the 80th of his birthday (15th Oct).
Uploading these evocative photos prompted me to put Karl Richter's recording of Cantatas BWV 140, 56, 51, 147, 4, and 202 with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Maria Stader, and the Munich Bach Choir and Munich Bach Orchestra on the CD player. They may not be 'authentic performances' (whatever that means) but they are sheer bliss.
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