The famous German conductor, organist and harpsichordist Karl Richter (1926-1981) discovered his true musical vocation in Leipzig, where he studied under the great Karl Straube and Günther 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.


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