Music: Bach: Wunderbar

The tapestry-lined Hall of Hercules in Munich's bomb-battered Residenz palace was packed, and the exquisite prospect of journalistic mayhem was in the air. Grim critics, with knives sharpened and hatchets drawn, were on hand to slice up youthful (31) Karl Richter, regarded by loyal fans as the greatest musical talent of his generation in Germany. Organist-Harpsichordist-Conductor Richter had committed a double crime: irreverence for the mighty Bach and the almighty critics.

Richter is a Bach specialist in a country where the cult of Bach demands that old Johann Sebastian be approached in the traditional manner, with coldly precise and mathematically measured accents....

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