J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Richter
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Munchener Bach Orchester
Soloists:Gundula Janowitz, soprano
Christa Ludwig, contralto
Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Franz Crass, bass
Various instrumental soloists
Individual Works:Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:ARCHIV Produktion
Catalog Number:427 236-2
Year Released/Recorded:1965
Comments:George Murnu said:

A landmark recording in the sixties and even today there are a lot of Bach fans who consider this their favorite recording of the work. Safe to say that the singing has not been surpassed, especailly the Evangelist of Fritz Wunderlich. Richter captures the grandour of the work
like nobody else. I have always like the powerful trumpets - Maurice Andre's among them - in the choruses; the brilliace of the trumpets is a characteristic of Richter's work in general that I have always liked. But the recording also shows the weaknesses of the maestro as well: a certain
stiffness is occasionally evident and I have never been a fan of the much-praised Munich Bach Choir either. In the last recitative, "Was will der Hoellen Schrecken nun", Richter employs the chorus and not the soloists like I prefer. In spite of the weaknesses, anybody wanting a modern instruments version could do much worse than this.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:12/12/1997