HANDEL, G.F.: Organ Concerto No. 7 (Richter)

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Conductor: Richter, Karl

Organ Concerto No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 1, HWV 306

Playing Time: 00:15:19
Catalogue Number: A05500517
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Born in Saxony in 1926, Karl Richter discovered his true musical vocation in Leipzig, where he studied under the great Karl Straube and G√ľnther Ramin. The organ and the harpsichord were at the origin of his career, and his first performances were devoted to serving Bach through these keyboard instruments on which he was a virtuoso and a poet. Soon, however, Richter was swept up by a passion for the orchestra and the choral masses. He founded the Munich Bach Choir and the Munich Bach Orchestra in the 1950s, toured with his ensembles all over the world and made about 150 recordings.

Richter was perhaps at his most compelling when interpreting his two great fellow countrymen Bach and Handel. He was superb at translating Handel's monumental rhythms and vast soundscapes, the dynamic writing and sanguine spirit of his music. Although Richter saw several dramatic shifts in Baroque performance practice during his lifetime, he remained true to his own style, which was considered revolutionary in the 1950s and 60s. This was a "de-romanticized" approach to the Baroque which was characterized, among other things, by a reduced body of performers more in keeping with the original forces. Richter's style also accented a cool, brisk, almost abstract attitude toward the music, which eschewed exaggerated dynamics and rubato.

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