J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Works for Cembalo

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Richter
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:Italian Concerto
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
Toccata
Pastorale
Fanatasie
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammaphon/Archiv
Year Released/Recorded:1969
Total Playing Time:50min
Comments:Ko Unoki said:

Given the current trend in using period instruments for performing the music of Bach, Richter's use of a modern Neupert harpsichord may seem to look like an act of heresy for those orhtodox historical purists. However, whatever one's taste may be for "authenticity", there is no denying that Richter's performance is a superb example of virtuosity that has few equals. Richter's frequent use of the 16 foot stop in his playing is effective in bringing out a sense of grandeur in Bach's music and puts to shame the ninny sounding performances of Bach's music using historic harpsichord instruments.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ko Unoki
Date First Submitted:08/10/2001