Karl Münchinger
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1915-05-29
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Karl Münchinger

Karl Münchinger Biography (Wikipedia)

Karl Münchinger (29 May 1915 – 13 March 1990) was a German conductor of European classical music. He helped to revive the now-ubiquitous Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel, through recording it with his Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1960. (Jean-François Paillard made a rival, and also very popular, recording of the same piece at around the same time.) Münchinger is also noted for restoring baroque traditions to the interpretation of Bach's oeuvre, his greatest musical love: moderate-sized forces, judicious ornamentation, and rhythmic sprightliness, though not on "period instruments".

Born in Stuttgart, Münchinger studied at the Hochschule für Musik in his home city. At first, he guest-conducted often, supporting himself also with other duties as an organist and church choir director. In 1941, he became principal conductor of the Hanover Symphony, a post he held for the next two years. He held no other conducting position until the end of World War II.

The year that the war ended, he founded the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, which he built into an impressive touring ensemble; it made its Paris debut in 1949 and its American debut in San Francisco in 1953. Under his leadership the orchestra issued (for the Decca label) numerous recordings, mostly during the 1950s and 1960s, and mostly of Bach's output; these included the Brandenburg Concertos (three times), the orchestral suites, the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, the Musical Offering, and the Christmas Oratorio. Of his and the ensemble's non-Bach releases, probably the best – and certainly the most famous, other than the Pachelbel performance mentioned earlier – is that of Haydn's The Creation.

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in D minor for harpsichord, strings and continuo BWV 1052
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Concerto in D minor for harpsichord, strings and continuo BWV 1052
Johann Sebastian Bach
Musikalisches Opfer BWV.1079: no.5; Ricercare a 6
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Musikalisches Opfer BWV.1079: no.5; Ricercare a 6
Johann Sebastian Bach
Recit "O Schmrz" and Aria "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen" from Matthew Passion
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Recit "O Schmrz" and Aria "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen" from Matthew Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantata No. 10 Meine Seel'eErhebt Den Herren!
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Cantata No. 10 Meine Seel'eErhebt Den Herren!
Joseph Haydn
On mighty wings the eagle soars (The Creation)
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On mighty wings the eagle soars (The Creation)
Franz Schubert
Rosamunde, D 797 (Ballet in G major)
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Rosamunde, D 797 (Ballet in G major)
Franz Schubert
Overture in the Italian Style in D major, D556
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Overture in the Italian Style in D major, D556

Overture in the Italian Style in D major, D556

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Canon in D
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Canon in D
Johann Friedrich Eck, Karl Münchinger, Christian Ferras & Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Violin Concerto No. 7 K.268
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Violin Concerto No. 7 K.268

Violin Concerto No. 7 K.268

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Johann Friedrich Eck
Orchestra
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach
Hunt Cantata BWV 208 'Sheep may safely graze'
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Hunt Cantata BWV 208 'Sheep may safely graze'
Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantata BWV 10, 'Meine Seele erhebt den Herren'
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Cantata BWV 10, 'Meine Seele erhebt den Herren'
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Elly Ameling, Johann Sebastian Bach & Karl Münchinger
Blute nur, du liebes Herz (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)
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Blute nur, du liebes Herz (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)

Blute nur, du liebes Herz (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)

Performer
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Elly Ameling, Johann Sebastian Bach & Karl Münchinger
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Johann Sebastian Bach & Karl Münchinger
Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (3rd mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (3rd mvt)

Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (3rd mvt)

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Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Johann Sebastian Bach & Karl Münchinger
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Johann Pachelbel & Karl Münchinger
Canon in D Major
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Canon in D Major

Canon in D Major

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Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Johann Pachelbel & Karl Münchinger
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