J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas: 56, 4, 82

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Richter
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Munich Bach Orchestra & Choir
Soloists:Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Individual Works:Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4
Ich habe genug, BWV 82
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:427 128-2
Year Released/Recorded:1969/70
Total Playing Time:68'42
Comments:Craig Manning said :

Karl Richter & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau? It doesn't get any better than that! Particularly "Ich will den Kreuzstab". Fischer-Dieskau sounds like he means what he's singing.

Raymond Rickard said:

This is simply the most powerful interpretation out there. (Do not confuse this with Richter's other recording of BWV 4:1959/60 with Kieth Engen, bass--which is extremely pedantic).

This later recording features the extremely imaginative organist Hedwig Bilgram playing continuo. Her organ improvisations are extremely imaginative compared to the rather boring portative organ playing of the authentic movement. Her continuo actually makes these recordings dynamic just as Koopman's harpsichord continuo does. At the time of recording Richter was considered to be the closest thing to performance practice. Today of course he is considered uninformed. However, I still find Richter's Bach some of the most triumphant and powerful Bach choral performances out there. His recordings are now being re-released. I suggest that everyone get these three cantatas performed by Richter. I consider them to be among the essential performances of these works.s

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Craig Manning
  • Marc van Dongen
  • Raymond Rickard
Date First Submitted:04/27/1997