Notes & Reviews:
This 9-CD boxed set of first releases from the RIAS archives presents the first ever attempt at a recording of the complete Bach cantatas. For everyone who is interested in the history of Bach interpretation and in the development of Germany's post-1945 cultural rebuilding, these recordings represent a significant enrichment. In 1947, Ristenpart established choral and orchestral ensembles at the RIAS Berlin, and together with emerging young singers (Fischer-Dieskau, Krebs and Giebel), embarked upon a recording series of the complete Bach cantatas. The project was never realized fully in its entirety, but the 29 Cantatas that still exist today from the archives are presented herein.
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Patric Standford: First Symphony (The Seasons); Cello Concerto; Prelude to a Fantasy / Raphael Wallfisch, cello
Felix Woyrsch: Symphony No. 2; Hamlet Overture / Thomas Dorsch
Saint-Saens: Orchestral Works / Neeme Jarvi
Romantic Piano Concerto Vol. 57 - Alolf Wiklund: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Konsertstycke, Op. 1 / Martin Sturfalt
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (four movement version) / Simon Rattle, Berlin PO
Benatzky: Im weißen Rößl / Rothenberger, Munich, van Juten, Orth, Kraus - Willy Mattes
Julius Rontgen: Symphonies Nos. 6, 5, 19 / Consensus Vocalis, Netherlands SO
Handel: Alceste / Lucy Crowe, Benjamin Hulett, Andrew Foster-Williams - Christian Curnyn
Smetana: Ma Vlast