J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Recital

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Richter
Individual Works:1. Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565
2. Chorale Prelude: 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ', BWV 639
3. Passacagilia And Fugue In C Minor, BWV 582
4. Chorale Prelude: 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme', BWV 645
5. Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor, BWV 542
6. Chorale Prelude: 'Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter', BWV 650
7. Chorale Prelude: 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her', BWV 606
8. Prelude And Fugue In E Minor, BWV 548
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Polygram
Catalog Number:#455291
Year Released/Recorded:1954
Comments:DW said:

These were recorded at the organ of Victoria Hall, Geneva in the early days of Stereo by Decca. For those who are familiar with richter's later recordings, these are of an altogether different character. The organ itself, which has subsequently been destroyed by fire, is agressively voiced and I find its sound to be a bit harsh. It has an overbearing 32' pedal stop which manages to come up at the most inappropriate times. Richter's playing, although technically solid, is quite dull and metronomic, while his frequent and abrupt changes of registration don't really help define anything. Perhaps the young Richter was a little self-conscious when he made this recording; it is certainly not his best work.

Jeanne Demessieux also recorded for Decca (mostly Bach) at this instrument in the 50's and was more successful. Hopefully those recordings will be reissued as well.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • DW
Date First Submitted:07/12/2005