played and conducted a wide range of music (sacred works from Heinrich Schütz to Max Reger, as well as the symphonic and concerto repertoire of the Classical and Romantic period, including Bruckner’s symphonies) but he is best remembered for his interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach and Handel. Richter’s performances were known for their soul-searching, intense and festive character. He avoided the fluctuations in tempi that were then characteristic of the prevailing Romantic manner of conducting Bach. He devoted much attention to the woodwinds, and to balance.
As well as a conductor, Richter is also remembered as an excellent organist. His performances of Bach’s organ pieces are known for their imposing registrations and favorable pace.
The first top on our EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour brought overflow crowds to the Philharmonic’s debut in Izmir, Turkey. Check out more, including a video with Emanuel Ax rehearsing Mozart, in our virtual tour.