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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Koechel View Post
    -> Bill Kasimer & DavidA - Thanks, and looks like there are two, very-DIFFERENT characterizations of what Richter achieved; i.e., Bill much-prefers the later Richter, and conversely, DavidA prefers the earlier one!
    I should tell you, though, that I don't know anyone else who prefers the later Richter recording. I know a number of people who aren't particularly fond of the earlier one, but that doesn't mean that they prefer the later. There was actually another Richter recording made between those two, but it's never been widely available outside of Japan. I heard it once and remember little about it, except that I culled it shortly afterwards.

    Thus, I suppose when we consider MODERN recordings, there's not a clear-cut favorite?
    Certainly not for work of the scope of the St. Matthew. But if you're looking for a modern instrument recording in good sound, you might consider Rilling's Hanssler recording or Solti's on Decca. Another one I like is Corboz's - I find it a bit tame, but the soloists are really fantastic.

    since WM and WF, of the oldest ones, deserve a place of their own?
    Yes, but I'd never recommend either to someone who doesn't already own several versions,

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    If anyone is interested in a cheap copy of Rilling's recording...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bach-St-Mat...s/401679830940

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Koechel View Post
    -> Bill Kasimer & DavidA - Thanks, and looks like there are two, very-DIFFERENT characterizations of what Richter achieved; i.e., Bill much-prefers the later Richter, and conversely, DavidA prefers the earlier one! It's a shame to hear that Ms. Topper was disappointing; from what I remember of her reputation, she usually rated high marks (although can't remember the sources of them). …. Thus, I suppose when we consider MODERN recordings, there's not a clear-cut favorite? … since WM and WF, of the oldest ones, deserve a place of their own?
    Topper us a bit plummy I must say. Baker is far the best singer

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