Karl Richter (conductor)

Karl Richter (* October 15, 1926 in Plauen, † February 15, 1981 in Munich) was a German conductor, choirmaster, organist and harpsichordist.


In 1938, Karl Richter, the son of a Protestant minister, Crucian in Dresden. After the war he studied at the conservatory in Leipzig and at the Institute of Sacred Music with Karl Straube and Günther Ramin and developed there to Bach interpreters. In 1949 he became organist Thomas. In 1951 he became cantor at the St. Mark's Church in Munich. In Munich, he taught at the Academy of Music and was appointed professor in 1956. In 1951 he took over the Heinrich-Schütz -Kreis, the later Munich Bach Choir, 1953, the Munich Bach Orchestra and thus became one of the most internationally renowned Bach interpreter.

Karl Richter initiated in 1968 in Moscow and Leningrad performances of the St. John Passion and B minor Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach. His interpretation of the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto leads to the musical part of the record Voyager Golden Record, which has left a message of humanity aboard the probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 of our solar system. Richter built his reputation as a Bach interpreter continuously. His views were determined by its origin from the Leipzig School: Comparatively large instrumental and choral occupation, characterized by late-Romantic musical tradition means of expression, highly expressive design. Inclusive of the already incipient in his time, musicological findings "historical performance practice " was far from judges. So he sat through a modern instrument. Of his students are Hedwig Bilgram, Günter Jena, Walther R. Schuster, Albrecht Haupt and Rudolf Kelber. With the Munich violinist Otto Buchner (musician ) ( 1924-2008 ) was a particularly good musical and personal partnership.

Richter died in 1981 of heart failure and was in the cemetery Enzenbühl (FG 81163 ) buried in Zurich.